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Rani John is a leading dispute resolution and investigations lawyer, with wide-ranging and deep experience in complex commercial litigation and advice work, including high profile and large scale commercial and trade practices litigation, regulatory and internal investigations (including investigations conducted by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Federal Police) and corporations and securities law.

She has represented major corporates across a range of industries, as well as financial institutions, statutory corporations and professional advisers, and is known for her strategic acumen in litigating and resolving disputes.

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  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • 2004 - 2015, Partner with top tier Australian firm
  • 1999 - 2000, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Australian Payments Clearing Association Limited




  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • American Bar Association: Section of International Law; Litigation Section; Criminal Justice Section; Global Anti-Corruption Task Force, Anti-Corruption Committee, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Transparency International Australia
  • NSW Women Lawyers' Association
  • Women on Boards
  • Board member, Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation


  • Australian National University, B. Com.
  • Australian National University, LLB (First Class Hons., top of year)
  • University of New South Wales, LLM
  • Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries in Australia (now the Governance Institute of Australia), Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice


Dispute resolution

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Rani John - DLA Piper

Within: Dispute resolution

DLA Piper's practice head Rani John gives advice that is both ‘legally sound and commercially astute'. Gitanjali Bajaj, Richard Edwards and Liam Prescott are recommended for international arbitration, a particular strength of the practice. It welcomed Natalie Caton from King & Wood Mallesons, who specialises in cross-border corruption litigation, and handled several high-profile matters stemming from the Banking Royal Commission for two large financial institutions. It also represented the Securities and Exchange Board of India in relation to India’s largest Ponzi scheme to date, valued at $8bn and involving over 58.5 million Indian investors.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

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Rani John - DLA Piper

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

DLA Piper's team is led by Rani John, who ‘excels at what she does’ and ‘consistently delivers a very strong client service’. John is assisting a major financial services company with its responsibilities in relation to the Banking Royal Commission. The Malaysia- and Australia-qualified Gowri Kangeson is an expert in anti-bribery, corruption, white-collar crime and investigations. Brisbane-based Natalie Caton joined from King & Wood Mallesons. Other practitioners to note include Samantha O’Brien and Jonathon Ellis.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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