John McKenna QC

John McKenna QC was admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1984, and has practised from these chambers since their foundation in 1990. He took silk in 2002.

He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, holding the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Economics) (1982) and Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) (1984). After a short period working with the Brisbane firm of Feez Ruthning (now Allens), he undertook postgraduate study at Magdalen College, Oxford, pursuant to a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Law (with First Class Honours) (1985).

Mr McKenna has a commercial practice, with a particular interest in appellate matters. He also conducts mediations and expert determinations.

He is the Chairman of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland, a member of the Supreme Court Library Committee, the President of the University of Queensland Law Graduates Association and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. His publications include Supreme Court of Queensland: A Concise History (UQP, 2012).


Telephone: 07 3360 3353
Secretary: 07 3360 3374

Email:  johnmckenna@qldbar.asn.au

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