John Coorey > Sparke Helmore Lawyers > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Sparke Helmore Lawyers
Level 29, 25 Martin Place

Work Department

Commercial Insurance


Partner, focusing on professional indemnity, D&O liability and commercial litigation.


John has practiced for 36 years and is one of Sparke Helmore’s most senior litigators. John has acted for a wide variety of corporate and insurer clients including numerous major Australian and London based insurers in a wide variety of disputes.

His practice focuses on professional indemnity, D&O liability and commercial litigation, including advising on policy coverage issues, financial reserving and estimating and strategic litigation management.

John advises a wide range of professionals and corporate entities across the accounting, construction and financial planning industries. John has acted for many of his peers in case of alleged negligence against firms of solicitors having been a Lawcover Panel solicitor since 1996.

John spent his first year after being admitted in 1985 a boutique Sydney litigation firm before joining a predecessor firm to Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In 1989, John was sent on secondment to one of the major litigation firms in London (Lovells) where he spent three years before returning to Sydney. John was made a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in 1995 and joined Sparke Helmore in June 2002. John has been a partner at Sparke Helmore for 19 years (including having acted as Chairman of the firm). John is admitted to practice in England, Wales and NSW.




John has been a member of the Australasian Professional Indemnity Group, Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and Australian Insurance Law Association.


John has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney . He also has a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Law from the University of Sydney.


John has a passion for travel, food , wine and sport. He is a very keen skier and loves to combine world travel with exotic ski destinations. A passion for rugby and cricket has also taken him to far flung corners of the globe to support the Wallabies and the Australian Cricket team.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Insurance

The commercial insurance and statutory lines team at Sparke Helmore Lawyers provides a comprehensive service to major domestic and international insurers, brokers, and multinational corporations and directors, across a wide range of issues in the insurance sphere. These include professional indemnity, financial lines, construction claims, personal injury, class actions, medical negligence, D&O liability, public liability and workers’ compensation. Led by national commercial insurance practice group leader Malcolm Cameron in Sydney and national statutory lines practice group leader James Johnson  in Melbourne, the group’s portfolio features household names such as McDonald’s and Insurance Australia. The team is supported at the Sydney office by liability claim expert Gillian Davidson and senior litigator John Coorey.