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McCullough Robertson

66 EAGLE STREET, BRISBANE, QLD 4000, AUSTRALIA
Tel:
Work +61 7 3233 8888
Fax:
Fax +61 7 3229 9949
DX:
DX 158 BRISBANE
Email:
Web:
www.mccullough.com.au

John Kettle

Tel:
Work +61 2 8241 5614
Email:
Web:
www.mccullough.com.au/people/f/View/147/
McCullough Robertson

Work Department

Competition

Position

Partner

Career

John leads the firm’s International practice. He maintains a top class international and domestic client base.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LL.B)(first class honours) and Oxford University (BCL), John joined McCullough Robertson in February 2013 following a successful career in Dublin and London.

John has more than 20 years’ experience in major transactional and project work with a nationally significant practice in competition law, merger control, energy (gas and electricity), utilities, regulated industries, resources, TMT, transport, agribusiness, intellectual property, life sciences and administrative law.

He also has a strong understanding of the government sector with considerable experience in privatisation and State transactional matters. John’s clients include significant corporates, multinationals, private equity, hedge funds, entrepreneurs, government entities and international law.

John sits on several not-for profit boards in Australia, including the Queensland Futures Institute’s Energy Committee.

John is a former chair of the International Bar Association’s Public Law Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Irish Law Society’s EU & International Affairs Committee. 

John is also a guest lecturer in competition law at The University of Queensland and a frequent speaker at the International Bar Association and in Australia on competition law, energy and utilities.

Member

Energy Committee member for Queensland Futures Institute
Director of Queensland  Irish Association
Former board member of Cooperation Ireland GB and a London-based  think-tank

Education

Bachelor of Laws – University of Dublin, Trinity College
Bachelor of Civil Law – Oxford University

Leisure

When not lawyering, John still plays football turning out at centre back for Newmarket over 35s.


Australia

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

McCullough Robertson has a strong track record of coal-sector work, but increasingly attracts base metal matters and is one of the few firms advising on uranium mining issues. Practice head Damien Clarke assisted Malabar Coal with its acquisition of Anglo American’s 88.17% interest in the Drayton thermal coal mine and Drayton South project as well as the acquisition of the remaining 11.83% interest from minority shareholders. Louise Horrocks assisted Bounty Mining with the purchase of the Cook Colliery coal mine and mining assets from the liquidator, involving secured creditors issues. Whitehaven Coal instructed the team on its purchase of the remaining 30% stake in its Boggabri mine in New South Wales. The 22-partner practice also includes Jim Peterson, Derek Pocock and John Kettle, and can draw on the firm’s strong workplace health and safety (WHS) and dispute resolution capabilities in the sector.

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