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John Ward

John Ward

Special Counsel

John is a Special Counsel with 20 years’ experience in general practice, specialising in personal injury insurance investigation and litigation. John has been a barrister acting for both plaintiffs and defendants with respect to disputed claims, and has conducted trials in the District Court of South Australia, prior to joining Finlaysons.

As well as being a lawyer, John is also a qualified structural engineer with 10 years post-graduate experience.

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John is able to assess and review evidence to determine strengths, weaknesses and risks associated with likely outcomes at Court. He aware of the need to plan investigations, obtain and preserve evidence in a timely manner and in admissible form, regardless of whether a trial may be imminent or not.

John enjoys the challenge of reviewing large volumes of materials in order to identify materials that will assist his clients’ objectives, or potentially harm them. He has a collaborative and flexible approach when working with his clients and team.


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice



  • Law Society of South Australia (LSSA)
  • Accident Compensation committee of LSSA

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