Mr John Walter > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Melbourne, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Work Department

Banking & Finance / Corporate / Energy & Resources / Government / Major Projects & Infrastructure.




Unparalleled experience. Enviable industry recognition. Just a glance at John’s career reveals a sharp legal mind that is always ready to tackle that “next big challenge”. John’s expertise has been effectively utilised as lead adviser in major government and private sector projects. His track record ranges from  the privatisation of the Victorian Electricity Industry in the 1990s to the  Tasmanian Natural Gas Pipeline, Melbourne Citylink, EastLink in Melbourne, the Brisbane Airport Link, Melbourne Convention Centre, Victorian Schools, South Australia Desalination Project, South Australia Schools and the Victorian Desalination Project together with the review and subsequent reform of the Victorian gambling industry and advising on the competitive relicensing process for the gambling industry in Victoria. Not wanting to rest on his extensive legal experience, John has also proven himself to be an exceptional leader. He is currently Chair of the Transport Accident Commission ( which is responsible for the prevention and insurance of all personal injuries in transport accidents in Victoria) and a director of WorkSafe Victoria, he was previously acting Chair of WorkSafe Victoria, Head of Investment Banking at the Bankers Trust in Melbourne; and Board Member of ABB Grain Ltd.  He is also Chair of the Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council. John has also served for five-and-a-half years as Chair of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, the Wheat Export Authority, in which role he had Financial Management Act responsibility and represented the Authority before the Senate Estimates Committee hearings.


University of Melbourne – Presenter – “Contract Management” issues – Former Independent Lecturer – Taxation and Securities and Creditors Rights Regulatory Policy Taskforce for the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (2008-to-date) Inaugural Chairman and Member Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Transport Committee (2008-to-date) Member Public-Private Regional Collaboration Member of Panel of Senior Experts to Promote Infrastructure PPPs in the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC/APEC Business Advisory Council sponsored) Australia-Japan Business Cooperative Committee Mission to Japan and Indonesia 2011 Member Commonwealth Statutory Authority Chairman Bankers Trust in Melbourne (1996-1999) Head of Investment Banking Banking Law Review (1991-2010) Editorial Board Member.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Project development

(Hall of Fame)

John WalterCorrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has broad capabilities across oil and gas, energy, transport, and social infrastructure, advising contractors, government bodies, construction companies, and investors. The team works on contract negotiation, development and construction issues, disputes, and regulatory compliance, collaborating closely with the firm’s highly-regarded construction practice on sector-critical projects of significant value. The practice is led by Melbourne’s Andrew Stephenson, who acts on contentious and non-contentious elements of major projects, alongside Brisbane’s Matthew Muir. Sydney-based Airlie Fox specialises in major infrastructure projects and PPP arrangements in a range of sectors, with expertise on the investor, contractor, and developer side of projects. John Walter is a highly experienced infrastructure lawyer. Brisbane’s Peter Schenk combines construction expertise with disputes resolution, including Supreme Court litigation, insurance claims, and arbitration. Anthony Arrow joined the Melbourne office in mid-2020 from Pinsent Masons LLP, offering extensive experience in infrastructure, energy, and construction on behalf of domestic and international developers. The promotions of Carla Mills, Paul Brickley, and Chris Campbell to partner have bolstered the practice’s senior ranks.