John B. Lawrence SC

John B. Lawrence SC

John is originally from Edinburgh Scotland and has a Scots Law Degree, (LLB) graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 1979.

John came to Australia in 1980 and thereafter graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne in 1985.

John served his Articled Clerkship working with the NT Crown Prosecution team in the Morling Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Chamberlain convictions.

Following his admission in 1987, John worked as a Crown Prosecutor with the NT Director of Public Prosecutions for 5 years.

Thereafter he worked as Solicitor in Charge of the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service from 1992-1997.

John enrolled at the Private Bar in 1997 and has practiced as a Barrister since then. John has practiced as an advocate his entire legal career. In the main he practices in Criminal Law, conducting Jury Trials, Court of Criminal Appeal matters and Court of Appeal matters. He has also appeared as lead counsel in the High Court of Australia. John also practices in Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, Refugee matters, Indigenous matters, Coronial Inquests, Disciplinary proceedings and Licensing matters.

Year and Place of First Admission; 3rd March 1987, Northern Territory

Jurisdictions; High Court, Federal Courts and Tribunals, Northern Territory


Degrees and Appointments

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Strathclyde, 1979

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Melbourne, 1985

  • President Criminal Lawyers Association NT 2002-2003, 2008-2009 and 2010–2011

  • President of the Northern Territory Bar Association 2012-

  • Vice President of the Northern Territory Bar Association 2011-2012

  • Appointed Senior Counsel on the 6th Silk, October 2010





Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Proceedings
  • Coronial Inquiries
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Proceedings
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Extradition
  • Forfeiture
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous
  • Licensing
  • Public Law
  • Refugees