Full Name: Mr John S Bailey
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Date of Admission: 1 Jun 1962
Called to the Bar: 21 Jun 1962
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 15 Sep 2014
Qualifications: LL M (Cantab), B A, LL B
Previous Occupation: Diplomat, Legal Advisor (international), solicitor


John S Bailey returned to the Victorian Bar and to Foley’s List after many years spent in dual careers as an Australian Diplomat and an international business executive.

John Bailey is a Nationally Accredited Mediator with extensive experience in the international arena, representing government and private clients, as a key negotiator, mediator, advisor and arbitrator.John’s experience in the public sector is complemented by a highly successful career as head of the JBA Group, an investment and legal advisory and consultancy company.  John provided legal advice to both government departments and multi-national companies,  in jurisdictions as varied as the United States, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Denmark and France, in matters concerning territorial disputes; commercial and financial disputes; industrial relations; property and building disputes; probate and, corporate structure, governance and compliance.

John has held positions of Legal Adviser to the OECD in Paris and WHO in Geneva.

His exceptional skills as a mediator and facilitator were honed over many years as a diplomat, where he had carriage of negotiating the successful outcome to the Law of the Sea Conference and resolutions to numerous international disputes, including notably, the Australian Government’s negotiations with the Indonesian Government regarding the rights to the seabed in the East Timor Sea. He has successfully mediated complex, cross-jurisdictional, multi-party industrial disputes with unions, corporations and government agencies.

John has also represented clients in commercial matters at international tribunals.

John practises in International Law, Law of the Sea, Commercial Law, Property Law, Employment Law and Equity.

He is available to act as a mediator and as an arbitrator for individual clients, business or government agencies.

Other Languages Spoken

  • French

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Arbitration
  • Expert Determination
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Neutral Evaluation


Commercial Law

  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Property & Probate
  • Transport Law

Common Law

  • Dust Diseases
  • Insurance Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Work Injury Damages
  • Workers Compensation

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision
  • Real Property
  • Wills & Probate

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Industrial Disputes
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
  • Public Sector Appeals

International Law

  • Public International Law

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Extradition
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
  • Social Security

Technology Law & Media Law

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