Area of expertise

Insurance Law

  • General Insurance
  • Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
  • Public & Product Liability
  • Recoveries

John Wycherley

Partner LLB, BJuris

office Melbourne
phone +61 3 8687 7360

John acts for national retail and shopping centre groups, public utilities, manufacturers, primary producers, small business, sporting bodies, religious organisations and schools on instructions from insurers and the major brokers. John receives instructions from clients in all of the mainland states and so a heavy emphasis is placed on maintaining efficiencies and a high degree of organisation within his team.

John also heads up a team dedicated to the defence of Recovery Claims pursuant to Section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act (1985), along with the defence of Common Law claims brought by workers in the Industrial Accident setting.

A niche has also been developed in the area of rural claims including agricultural plant and equipment, stock and crop loss, seed contamination and chemical accidents.

John acted in highly publicised heavy vehicle collision cases involving trucks and trains at level crossings in rural locations. These matters have involved fatalities, major interruption to rail services, committal and criminal proceedings, coronial investigations with a heavy emphasis on forensic evidence and analysis.

While John’s forte is at the negotiating table, prominent recent trials have included some of the largest public liability damages claims in Victoria and sensitive highly politicised civil litigation reaching the highest office of the nation.

As a lawyer of two decades standing in his field, John has a demonstrated ability to conduct with ease a substantial volume of diverse matters. He sets high standards for the conduct and containment of litigated claims. Clients acknowledge his excellent service levels and strong negotiation and mediation skills.

John is one of the most sought after insurance and liability lawyers in Victoria. With over 30 years’ experience, he leads a team of lawyers dedicated to specialising in public and product liability and occupiers liability.

John has been ranked in the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers® in Australia reports published annually by the Australian Financial Review since 2014 and in April 2017, was named Best Lawyers’ Melbourne Personal Injury Litigation ‘Lawyer of the Year’.

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Melbourne Marine Insurance Forum