Partner-in-Charge Brisbane

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John Cooper has worked on many of Australia's largest projects in the transport, energy and resources, defence, and social infrastructure sectors. He has represented owners, major contractors, and consultants in complex disputes on major procurement projects in Australia and overseas.

John has been the lead lawyer on teams that acted on the operation and maintenance agreement for the regional rail network in New South Wales, the program alliance for RailCorp's signaling work, the successful Transcity JV bid for Legacy Way, the Gateway Upgrade Project, major defence acquisition and sustainment contracts, and mine infrastructure and contract mining agreements for iron ore mines in South Australia, coal mines in NSW and Queensland, and many other mining projects in Australia and overseas.

John has acted in major Supreme Court actions in relation to defects in the pavements at Port Botany and the Port of Brisbane and is currently representing major international contractors on disputes in connection with a number of the recently completed gas projects in Queensland. He also has represented clients in arbitrations, expert determinations, and statutory adjudications.

John is a member of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Resolution Institute, and a member of the Centre for Professional Legal Education Advisory Board. He also has held leadership roles with many other organizations, including the Professional Engineers Disciplinary Panel of Queensland. He has delivered many papers on dispute resolution, construction, procurement, and contract law topics.


Coronado Coal acquires Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$539 million)
Jones Day advised Coronado Coal LLC in the acquisition of the Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia, from Wesfarmers Limited for A$700 million (US$530 million).

Ghella/Acciona bids on twin tunnels and road project linking existing F3 freeway and M2 motorway in Sydney, Australia
Jones Day advised the Ghella/Acciona joint venture on its bid for the approximately AU$2.5 billion twin tunnels and road project linking the existing F3 freeway and M2 motorway in Sydney, Australia.

Resource Generation Ltd. seeks advice on coal mining project in South Africa
Jones Day advised Resource Generation Limited in connection with its coal mining project in South Africa.

Additional Publications

  • March 2018Australia: Adjudicators’ Security of Payment Determinations Not Reviewable for Errors of Law
  • March 2018The End of the "Deemed Liability" Adjudication in Western Australia
  • October 2017Construction Contracts: When Is Industry Best Practice Not Good Enough?
  • October 2017Court Limits Australia's Jurisdiction to Assist International Arbitrations
  • October 2017Disputing a Final Certificate: Does the Contractor Still Need to Pay?
  • October 2017The Importance of Strictly Complying with Notice Requirements on Australian Projects
  • October 2017Updated New South Wales PPP Guidelines Aimed at Reducing Bid Costs and Increasing Efficiency
  • August 2017Australia Raises Capital Gains Withholding Rate for Foreign Residents in Real Estate Transactions
  • June 2017Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases
  • April 2017Further Update on Federal Taxation—Australian Infrastructure Investment and Privatisation
  • March 2017Australian Infrastructure Investment and Privatisation Update: Federal Taxation on the Agenda
  • December 2016Projects Disputes Cases in Australia: Recent Cases
  • June 2016Projects Disputes in Australia: Recent Cases
  • December 2015How to Contain Construction Disputes
  • November 2015The Procurement Decision in Australia
  • January 2015A New Approach to Agreements to Negotiate in English Law?
  • July 2013Rights of Contractors in Australian Mining Industry Dismantled and Removed Under Security of Payment Act

Speaking Engagements

  • June 2, 2014International Commercial Arbitration in Australia - Today and Tomorrow, International Law Committee of the ACT Law Society
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