Tony Johnson Consultant

Meet Tony

Tony is a past Chairman of Johnson Winter & Slattery and one of the founding partners of the firm

He has worked extensively in the corporate advisory area with particular emphasis on dispute resolution. He deals with contentious matters, specialising in the banking, resources and corporate sectors, and professional liability.

Tony also has a wealth of experience in advising on issues of directors' responsibilities and corporate governance, professional and directors' liability and risk management strategies. What distinguishes Tony from most other disputes practitioners is his extensive corporate and commercial experience both as a practitioner and as a company director.

With over 40 years’ experience, Tony has acted in many major Australian cases across all jurisdictions. He also has extensive experience in arbitrations both National and International as well as representing government and private individuals in Royal Commissions and other Inquiries.

He has lectured and examined at the University of Adelaide in commercial and corporate law and has significant experience as a director of a number of public and large private companies. Tony is a past member of the Council of the Law Society and Governor and Vice President of The Florey Medical Research Foundation of the University of Adelaide. He is currently Chairman of the Scott Group of Companies, Deputy Chairman of the Adelaide Community Health Care Alliance and Chairman of the listed transport company, K&S Corporation Ltd.

Experience

General significant litigation

ASIC

Acted in bringing to a successful conclusion, compensation claims instituted by it pursuant to section 50 of the ASIC Act against the auditors and former directors of the failed Westpoint Group of Companies. This litigation was one of the largest and most complex claims ever made in Australia.

Group Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT)

Acting for GEAT in respect to large claims against former advisors for breach of duty.

High Court proceedings

Acted for one of the parties in the major plain packaging of tobacco products case before the High Court of Australia.

Lighthouse Corporation

Acting for the claimants in an international arbitration with the Democratic Republic of Timor L’Este.

State of Victoria

Acted for the State of Victoria in claims brought by Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and Tatts Group amounting to approximately $1.6 billion.

Recognition

Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
JWS enjoyed a number of strong results in 2015, including founding partner Tony Johnson’s defence of the State of Victoria in High Court proceedings relating to expired gaming licences.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2016
'Tony Johnson is a name to note'.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Ranked as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2019

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Laws (Companies & Securities)
  • Company Directors Diploma
  • LEADR Accredited Mediator
  • Accredited in Advanced Techniques in Negotiation and Mediation, Bond University
  • Admitted as a practitioner to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Northern Territory, New South Wales and South Australia

Memberships

  • Panel of Mediators of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Past Member of the Council of the Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Tony has experience in multiple jurisdictions acting for clients in international arbitrations.

 

News

External publications

  • Commercial Mediation: Useful Basics & Helpful Observations” Presentation to the Law Society of South Australia, 7 October 2015