An experienced advocate, John Bird specialises in dispute resolution involving Government agencies. He regularly appears in all major Australian jurisdictions in all types of contentious matters involving Government Ministers, officers or agencies.

Clients trust John for his expertise in public law (including advising on procedural fairness obligations, statutory interpretation, merits and judicial review, and lawful decision-making generally).

He also advises in a wide range of commercial matters, and tender disputes.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

John regularly advises on contract and tender disputes, including complex contractual disputes involving Government procurement.

 

He recently acted for a government agency in a breach of confidence action arising out of challenge to a tender process.

 

He regularly appears as an advocate in all types of matters, including applications to set aside subpoenas, applications for preliminary discovery, applications for security for costs, as well as in substantive hearings.

 

John is known for his practical approach to resolving contractual disputes through mediation where possible.


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Administrative and Public Law

Merits and judicial review

John has advised and acted in many complex merits review and judicial review matters over the past 14 years. Most recently this has included acting for:

  • law enforcement agencies in connection with judicial review of search warrants and claims for client legal privilege; and
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including in matters commenced in the original jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia.

FOI and privacy

John regularly advises public and private sector clients in all types of information law matters, including from processing issues, to drafting and reviewing privacy impact assessments, to external review processes.

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Anti-dumping and Importation

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Government Services

John regularly advises on contract and tender disputes, including complex contractual disputes involving Government procurement.

He recently acted for a government agency in a breach of confidence action arising out of challenge to a tender process.

He regularly appears as an advocate in all types of matters, including applications to set aside subpoenas, applications for preliminary discovery, applications for security for costs, as well as in substantive hearings.

John is known for his practical approach to resolving contractual disputes through mediation where possible.

Merits and judicial review

John has advised and acted in many complex merits review and judicial review matters over the past 14 years. Most recently this has included acting for:

  • law enforcement agencies in connection with judicial review of search warrants and claims for client legal privilege; and
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including in matters commenced in the original jurisdiction of the High Court of Australia.

FOI and privacy

John regularly advises public and private sector clients in all types of information law matters, including from processing issues, to drafting and reviewing privacy impact assessments, to external review processes.

See Government Services

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