John Sneddon - Partner

John SneddonJohn Sneddon is a dispute resolution lawyer. He is a partner in our litigation section, where he focusses on the resolution of company disputes, commercial litigation and employment law.

John has extensive experience in the field of company and partnership disputes, trade practices law, defamation, oppression, shareholders disputes and cases involving the misconduct of company directors.

He has also worked as an employment lawyer since 1998, representing both employers and employees.  He has extensive experience with employment contracts, unfair dismissal claims, privacy law, redundancy, restraints of trade, discrimination, sexual harassment and workplace health and safety investigations.

John also practises in the field of sports law and has advised individual athletes, sporting clubs, managers and governing bodies in relation to the legal issues confronting the professional sports sector. He is a member of the disciplinary tribunal for AFL Queensland.

A regular public speaker, John has presented more than 30 legal papers to the legal, education, insolvency and accounting professions on topics including the duties of company directors, employment law, media law, education law and industrial relations reform. He has been interviewed by broadcast and print media in relation to company law, sports law, discrimination and employment law issues.

John is a member of:

  • the International Commission of Jurists;
  • the Australian Lawyers Alliance;
  • the Australian Labour Law Association;
  • the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association; and
  • the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.

He is a director of the Crèche & Kindergarten Association Limited, one of Australia's largest early childhood education providers, and has provided legal advice to the Board of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and indigenous councils in the Northern Territory and north Queensland.

John was awarded the 2014 Queensland Law Society's President's Medal and the Australian Lawyers' Alliance Queensland Civil Justice Award for his representation of Marcus Lee, an Australian citizen charged with (and acquitted of) fraud related offences in Dubai.  A copy of John's speech when accepting the medal is here.  He was also a member of the legal team which acted for Peter Greste, an Australian journalist imprisoned in Egypt.  Greste returned to Australia after 400 days in prison in February 2015 (see link here).

John's Publications
Help! I have to “Show Cause” why my employment will not be terminated
Help! I am “unfairly” being sued by a former employee
Racial Abuse Causes Strip Club Owners a Honey Pot of Trouble
Dismissal of Off-Duty Groper OK: FWC
Court awards woman $733,000 damages in sexual harassment case
Theft of confidential information costs employee $50,000
Huge increase in damages for sexual harassment victims
Are your contractors really employees?
No priority payment for employee's wrongful termination claim
High Court rules independent contracting arrangement a "sham" 

Contact John:

(07) 3307 4504

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