john fitzpatrick

solicitor + principal


John has been a solicitor in the state of New South Wales since 1976.

With over 35 years’ experience in legal practice, John is a very practical and trusted legal adviser.

John has worked in a wide variety of legal roles, particularly as an in-house specialist.

His main areas of legal practice include large scale commercial, property, estate planning and public notary work.

John has worked as a solicitor for the Corporate Affairs Commission (now ASIC) and was General Counsel for 2 publicly listed companies, and extensively in private practice.

Prior to founding Sydney Legal Advisers, John was a Partner in 2 large law firms from 1991 to 2006.

Professional Background

John holds 5 degrees: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law; Master of Business Law and Master of Health Law from Sydney University; and Master of Law from University of Technology, Sydney.

John is on the Advisory Board of Catholic Aged Care. Previously, he was a Director of Barnardos Australia, and was their honorary legal adviser from 1989 to 2007. He was a director of Calvary Hospital for six years and a board member of Waverley College for 10 years.

John is a former President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and wrote their first in-house Counsel manual. He has lectured extensively on corporate law and commercial law, including an involvement with FINSIA (formerly the Securities Institute) since 1992, as lecturer and marker in Securities Industry Law and Ethics.

John has been a Public Notary since 1989