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John Corcoran AM


Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics, Commercial Law Accredited Specialist (Law Institute of Victoria)

  • Aged Care
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Retirement Living
  • Governance
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Advice
  • Property Law

John has handled all aspects of commercial property work for more than 20 years for major developers, banks and government. In addition to his commercial practice, he specialises in the area of retirement villages and aged care. He has a national practice with many of his clients being Australia’s major providers of aged care and retirement villages.

John often represents major peak industry bodies in their dealings with industry members and government. John was named the Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013 and 2020. He has also been recognised by Best Lawyers since 2012 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law, since 2016 for Real Property Law, and since 2018 for Commercial Law.


  • Advising on all aspects of commercial property including sales and acquisitions of land, subdivisions, unit development, ‘off the plan’ sales and infrastructure agreements, including acting for Lendlease in relation to the 8,000 lot Caroline Springs development
  • Over 25 years' experience advising owners of retirement villages, aged care providers and peak industry bodies in relation to structuring, redevelopments, sales and purchases, resident agreements and lobbying government
  • Advising corporate, private and not-for-profit operators on regulatory compliance and corporate governance
  • Providing general commercial advice including buying and selling businesses, advising ongoing businesses in all aspects of business law and commercial contracts
  • Advising on securities law including preparation of debentures, loan agreements and other security documents and advice to major trading banks in relation to enforcement of securities
  • Acting for landowners and developers in connection with development agreements including negotiating with existing and incoming financers, settling the form of the complex legal agreements and associated documents


  • Named "Lawyer of the Year” in 2020 and 2013 for Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law
  • Member, Order of Australia (2017)
  • Awarded the Monash University 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - Faculty of Law
  • Deputy Chair, Mercy Health (since 2019)
  • Pro Bono Practice Group Leader, Russell Kennedy (since 2017)
  • Chairman, Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee (since 2015) 
  • Member, Executive Advisory Board, Knowles Group (Arcare) (since 2016)
  • Board Member, RACS Foundation for Surgery (since 2018)
  • Board Member, Legal Services Board (2013 and 2005-2010)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (2013) 
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers for expertise in Real Property Law (since 2016), Retirement Villages & Senior Living Law (since 2012) and Commercial Law (since 2018)
  • Board Member, Mercy Health (2011-2019)
  • Chairman, Russell Kennedy Lawyers (2007-2017)
  • Councillor, International Bar Association (2005-2015)
  • Board Member, International Bar Association (2008-2012)
  • Honorary Life Member, Law Institute of Victoria (2011)
  • President, Law Council of Australia (2009)
  • Awarded Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society and to the Law (2002)
  • President, Law Institute of Victoria (2001-2002)
  • Ranked as Preeminent by Doyle's Guide, in the area of Health and Aged Care