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John Cooper

Partner-in-Charge Brisbane


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  • University of New South Wales & University of Sydney (M.B.A. 2009); University of Queensland (Master of Financial Management 1991; LL.B. with honours 1987; Bachelor of Commerce with honours 1986; Bachelor of Commerce 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

John Cooper has worked on many groundbreaking projects in the construction and infrastructure sectors. He has acted for major constructors in disputes on transport projects and pioneered the use of a new and innovative form of dispute resolution (SEAM) that has resulted in successfully settling matters.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, John was the lead lawyer on teams that acted for CRIA on its operation and maintenance agreement for the regional rail network in New South Wales, OneSteel on the mining services agreement for the SMR mine, the successful Transcity JV Bid for Northern Link (now called Legacy Way), and the Gateway Upgrade Project. He also was extensively involved in the Sunshine Coast Transport Project for the Queensland government; has acted in Supreme Court actions in relation to the design of the pavement at Port Botany and the Port of Brisbane; and advised Centennial Coal on its major projects in NSW, Riversdale on the contracts for the development of the Benga Coal Mine, and RailCorp on the program alliance for all of its signaling work in NSW.

John is a member of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators. He is a former board member of ACICA and also has held leadership roles with many other legal organizations, including the Professional Engineers Disciplinary Panel of Queensland and the Infrastructure Association of Queensland. He has delivered many papers on construction and contract law topics and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Queensland.

John Cooper