John Graves

Accredited Specialist in Business Law and in Property Law

Key Expertise

  • Commercial and residential Property and Development involving acquisition, sale, development, leasing and construction, subdivisions throughout the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle areas
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Trusts, Succession & Business Structuring
  • Wills & Estates
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Private Client Legal Services
  • Business and Company Sales & Acquisitions
  • Mortgages & Business Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Area and Emphasis of Practice

John is a Commercial Lawyer providing a broad range of corporate, commercial and property legal services to a number of industries including the information technology and other technology industries, accountants and their clients, property and development industry, transport and tourism industries and a number of others.  He specialises in Business Law and Property Law. John has broad experience in:

  • Sale and acquisition of companies and businesses
  • Structuring of businesses and other entities
  • Personal structuring and succession planning
  • Funding of companies and businesses
  • Insolvency
  • Trade Practices, Competition and Consumer Law
  • Revenue Law
  • Due Diligence
  • Compliance

Recent Matters

  • Identifying suitable property, due diligence, negotiation and acquisition of Sydney CBD building for private off-shore investor
  • Range of development advice for a consortium of investors with a large project in the South West of Sydney
  • Sale of industrial business by company share sale involving due diligence and protracted negotiation with shareholders in dispute
  • Sale in one line of two iconic Sydney CBD properties
  • Insolvency advice and preparation of Deed of Company Arrangement to restructure a trading company
  • Range of intellectual property advice for a number of tourism industry entities
  • Succession planning, restructuring and funding advice for corporate and family group of companies
  • Negotiation and successful resolution of complex inter-company guarantee dispute
  • Range of employment advice to tourism businesses and other small and medium enterprises
  • Negotiation, drafting and settling of complex software development and escrow agreement for development of specialised software for Sydney based national business


  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Systems)
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Laws
  • College of Law –  Practical Legal Training
  • Post graduate studies in Intellectual Property & Information Technology at University of New South Wales
  • Accredited Specialist, Business Law (Law Society of New South Wales) (first group receiving this award)
  • Accredited Specialist, Property Law (Law Society of NSW) (first group receiving this award)


  • Law Society of NSW
  • Chairman of the Examination Committee for Business Law Specialist Accreditation for the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Board Member of Uniting Resources of the Uniting Church of Australia (Synod of NSW and ACT)
  • Member of the Statutory Corporation for the Uniting Church in New South Wales, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)
  • Skål International Sydney North (Tourism industry group)
  • Member of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited

Civic / Charitable Causes

  • Long term affiliation and working with Uniting Church Synod (NSW and ACT) on a number of boards
  • Member of a number of committees of Law Society of New South Wales over many years
  • Member of Property Council of Australia and contributor to Legal Panel over many years (recently ceased for time commitment pressures)
  • Sponsor of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited and regular contributor of published articles and speaking engagements
  • Honorary Legal Counsel for Australian Tourism Export Council Limited
  • Sponsor of National Tourism Alliance and contributor of published articles
  • Honorary Legal Counsel for National Tourism Alliance
  • Regular presenter at legal education forums for College of Law, Law Society of New South Wales and other private legal education institutions