John
McKenna QC

Called to the Bar in 1984
Queen’s/Senior Counsel since 2002

Contact

Level 16 Quay Central
T | 07 3360 3353
E | [email protected]

John
McKenna QC

Called to the Bar in 1984
Queen’s/Senior Counsel since 2002

Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation Services
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Contract and General Commercial
  • Corporations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insolvency
  • Land Law & Property
  • Professional Negligence
  • Resources & Infrastructure

Overview

John McKenna QC has been in practice at the commercial bar in Queensland for over 30 years, including over 18 years within the ranks of senior counsel. He has a particular interest in appellate and legally complex matters. Mr McKenna is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator, with over 15 years of experience in the mediation and expert determination of commercial disputes.
  1. Bachelor of Arts (Economics) (Qld) 1982
  2. Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) (Qld) 1984
  3. Bachelor of Civil Laws (Hons I) (Magdalen College, Oxford) 1985
John McKenna QC was educated at the University of Queensland (BA, LLB (Hons I)). He was the Queensland Rhodes Scholar for 1984, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Laws (Hons I) from the University of Oxford. In 1989, he commenced practice at the Queensland Bar and was appointed to the rank of Senior Counsel in 2002.
  1. Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (from 2019)
  2. Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Queensland (from 2013)
  3. President, University of Queensland Law Alumni Association (from 2016)
  4. Chairman, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (since 2011)
  5. Member, Supreme Court Library Committee (since 2005)
  6. Member, Statutory Legal Practice Committee (since 2004)
  7. National Secretary, Association of Rhodes Scholars in Australia (since 2012)
Best Lawyers
  1. Bet-the-Company Litigation – Queensland (since 2014)
  2. Commercial Law – Queensland (since 2012)
  3. Litigation – Queensland (since 2012).
  4. Lawyer of the Year – Commercial Law, Brisbane (2013, 2020)
Doyles’s Guide
  1. Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel (Australia) (2015, 2020)
  2. Leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Senior Counsel (Queensland) (since 2015)
  3. Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Senior Counsel (Queensland) (since 2015)
  4. Leading Mediators – Queensland (since 2019)
  1. Private International Law – The Star Entertainment Qld Limited v Yew Choy Wong [2021] QSC 67
  2. Contract – Wagners Cement Pty Ltd & Anor v Boral Resources (Qld) Pty Limited & Anor [2020] QCA 289
  3. Insolvency – re Octaviar [2020] QSC 353
  4. Litigation Funding – Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited v Murphy Operator Pty Ltd & Ors [2020] QCA 250
  5. Real Property – Orb Holdings Pty Ltd v WCL (Qld) Albert St Pty Ltd [2020] QCA 198; [2021] HCATrans 93
  6. Limitation of Actions – TRG v The Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School [2020] QCA 190; [2021] HCATrans 92
  7. Contracts – Glencore Coal Queensland Pty Limited v Aurizon Network Pty Ltd & Ors; Yarrabee Coal Company Pty Ltd & Ors v Aurizon Network Pty Ltd & Ors [2020] QCA 182
  8. Unconscionability – Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty Ltd v Lake Vermont Resources Pty Ltd & Ors [2020] QSC 260

Contact

Level 16 Quay Central
T | 07 3360 3353
E | [email protected]

readership

For more than 20 years, Level 16 Quay Central Chambers has offered readerships to assist counsel starting at the Bar.

CONTACT US

16 Quay Central Chambers

Level 16 Quay Central
95 North Quay
Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 4000

General Administration

Nicole Mackay | 16 Quay Central Pty Ltd
T | 07 3360 3332
E | [email protected]