John Barkus


Special Counsel

Family Law

Accredited Specialist

In 2015, “Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market” ranked John Barkus as a “Pre-eminent Practitioner” of leading Australian family lawyers.

John founded the firm in 1993 after being a Partner for 11 years of the law firm now called DLA Piper.  John has practiced exclusively in family law since 1980.

John’s practice services “blue chip” clients with an emphasis on major property settlement matters.  He specialises in acting for clients in the finance industry, among other professional and business clientele.

family lawFamily Law SectionThe Law Council of AustraliaThe Law Society of New South WalesInternational Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers



“Pre-eminent Practitioner” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market, 2015

“By far the best family lawyer in Australia” – Legal Profiles Publication



Bachelor of Laws Degree (Hons.) – University of Birmingham UK

Accredited Specialist – Family Law (NSW)

Admitted to practice in the NSW Supreme Court (and Vic.)

Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia

Previously admitted to practice in England and Wales



The Law Society of New South Wales

The Law Council of Australia – Family Law Section

Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

The Law Society of New South Wales – Previous committee member dealing with professional indemnity issues

John has delivered numerous papers in Australia and overseas on family law topics.