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John Sneddon


John Sneddon is a director in our dispute resolution team where he focusses on the resolution of company disputes, commercial litigation, employment law, defamation, and sports law.

His experience includes:

Company and Partnership Disputes

  • breach of statutory directors' duties

  • shareholder oppression claims

  • disputes between directors or partners

  • disputes between directors and shareholders

  • diversion of commercial opportunity claims

  • fraud and white-collar crime

  • breach of fiduciary duty claims

Employment Litigation

  • unfair dismissal disputes

  • general protections claims

  • workplace bullying

  • redundancy

  • termination of employment

  • preparation of employment contracts and independent contractor's agreements

  • discrimination and sexual harassment claims

  • workplace health and safety

  • privacy disputes

Commercial Litigation

  • fraud

  • trade practices litigation

  • breach of contract claims



  • pre-publication advice

  • suppression orders

  • defamation litigation for plaintiffs and defendants


Sports Law

  • athlete misconduct

  • contract preparation and negotiation

  • representation of sports governing bodies

  • disciplinary hearings

  • governance


John was awarded the Queensland Law Society President’s Medal in 2014 and is a past recipient of the Australian Lawyers’ Alliance Queensland Civil Justice Award.

John was ranked as one of Queensland’s recommended employment lawyers in Doyle’s Guide in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Corporate Experience

John is an experienced company director and served on the board of Crèche & Kindergarten Association Limited, one of Australia's largest early childhood education providers, for over a decade. He has provided legal advice to the Board of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and indigenous councils in the Northern Territory and North Queensland. 

Human Rights

John has extensive experience representing Australians who have been arrested or imprisoned overseas.  In 2014, he was awarded the 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.  John also provided legal representation to Australian filmmaker James Ricketson during his imprisonment in Cambodia and has assisted Australians to navigate the criminal justice system in Kenya, Qatar, and Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.

John's Publications

Sick leave entitlements clarified by the High Court

Don't forget to "vet" your complaints - are they defamatory?

Don't be 'casual' about your casual employees

Defamation: shielding your complaints from 'keyboard warriors'

John's Papers & Presentations

Sports Law - Misconduct Off the Field - When Players Play Up 

School Law - Engaging and Managing External Sports Service Providers, Volunteers, and Venues

Representing Australian Citizens Charged with Criminal Offences Overseas

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