John is an experienced and respected health and legal professional with degrees in medicine, law and risk management. He has extensive experience in multiple aspects of the healthcare sector and proven leadership skills involving strategy, change management, team-building stakeholder engagement, risk management, policy and governance.

John graduated from medicine in 1984 and worked as a medical practitioner before pursuing a career in law. In 1994, he commenced legal practice working as a plaintiff lawyer in medical negligence, while also handling professional indemnity work for nurses and product liability class actions.

He has worked in medical indemnity as a lawyer and a claims manager since 2004, including as a senior executive at Avant. Before becoming a founding partner of Ball + Partners, John was Avant’s Head of Medical Defence Services for Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

John has broad experience in litigation in the health law area and a strong understanding of the regulatory and disciplinary processes that apply to health professionals. He also specialises in insurance law, particularly regarding policies of indemnity as they apply to health professionals.

He is skilled in the area of risk management, particularly clinical risk management. He also has expertise in Open Disclosure, having sat on the Open Disclosure Steering Committee of NSW Health and on the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care Open Disclosure Standard Review.

John has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers® Australia for Medical Negligence. He has been recognised in the Doyle’s Legal Guide Melbourne 2020/2021 as one of the leading tier of Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant).

Areas of Expertise
  • Government
  • Healthcare + Life Sciences
  • Inquiries, Investigations + Prosecutions

Industry Representation
  • Healthcare + Life Sciences
  • Public Sector + Education
  • Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Professional Affiliations
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Medico-Legal Society of Victoria