John Drummond

John Drummond

John Drummond

1978, Bachelor of Laws (UNSW)

1975, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) (UNSW)

Called to the bar 1980

A long-standing member of Wardell Chambers, John maintains a broad commercial and equity practice. The principal areas in which he advises and appears at both trial and appellate level extends to commercial disputes, building and construction law, co-ownership of land disputes, wills and probate, trusts and professional negligence.

He has acquired considerable knowledge and experience in highly specialised fields such as aviation crash law, having appeared in landmark cases both domestically and internationally in this area. Practising in such areas has necessitated superior analytical and forensic skills, which John possesses and for which he is recommended.

John’s client base is diverse, regularly appearing unled for the State Government, individuals and estates. The depth and breadth of his practice has seen him appear in many jurisdictions, including in mediations. Often briefed in large, complex matters where significant sums of money are at stake, John is known for the precision with which he prepares his matters, including drafting and reviewing evidence. He is hard working, thorough, well prepared and has a meticulous attention to detail.

John possesses highly developed mathematical and financial management skills, having graduated from a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance, from the University of New South Wales. He has been the Treasurer of Wardell Chambers for many years. Equipped with such knowledge has been highly beneficial to John’s practice, as it has enabled him to understand and interpret complex financial expert reports and expeditiously grasp accounts and balance sheets in the matters in which he is briefed.

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Building and Construction
Competition Law
Consumer Law
Employment and Industrial Relations
Environmental Law
Intellectual Property
Local Government
Medical Negligence
Wills and Probates


1980-Present, Barrister, Wardell Chambers

Professional Appointments and Memberships

Member, NSW Bar Association

Selected Cases

NSW Court of Appeal

Bankstown Trotting & Recreational Club Ltd v Chisholm [2016] NSWCA 274 – Estoppel; Contract

Bird v Bird [2013] NSWCA 262 – Estate; Executors Liability for Waste/Devastavit

Paul Galea & Ors v D Farrugia & Ors [2013] NSWCA 164 – Contract Breach; Importation of Asbestos Fill

Monaghan Surveyors Pty Ltd v. Stratford Glen-Avon Pty Ltd [2012] NSWCA 94 – Negligent Surveying; Damages

Roluke Pty Ltd & Anor v Lamaro Consultants Pty Ltd (No 2) [2009] NSWCA 21 – Costs; Reassessment of Damages

Roluke Pty Ltd & Anor v Lamaro Consultants Pty Ltd [2008] NSWCA 323 – Negligent Engineering of Car Showroom

Fexuto Pty Ltd v Bosnjak Holdings Pty Ltd (2001) 37 ACSR 672 – Court of Appeal Recovery of Trust Property for Westbus

Roadshow Entertainment v ACN 053 006 269 Pty Ltd (1998) 42 NSWLR 462 – Contract; Accrued Rights

NSW Supreme Court

Cutting Edge Services Pty Ltd v Raymond & Therese Penfold; Raymond & Therese Penfold v The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (No 2) [2022] NSWSC 516 – Costs; Calderbank offers and offers of compromise

Nadilo & Ors v Souris [2019] NSWSC 108 – Resulting Trust

Esined No. 9 v Moylan Retirement Solutions Pty [2018] NSWSC 1706 – Professional Negligence; Insurance

CB Australia Ltd v Shepherd [2017] NSWSC 1768 – Breach of Share Sale Agreement

Campbell v Chabert-McKay [2010] NSWSC 859 – Family Provision; Daughter