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John Hayward, Director

John Hayward is a Litigation Director of WGC Lawyers.  John:

  • is a member of the Litigation team
  • leads the Employment Law team
  • leads the Governance and Risk Management team
  • leads the Insolvency and Debt Recovery team

John practises predominantly in the areas of civil and commercial disputes, employment law, corporate governance and insolvency.  John has acted for and advised many businesses, local governments, boards and individuals in all of these areas.
John is known for providing his clients with clear and practical advice.  He has extensive experience in promptly and cost-effectively resolving disputes, or otherwise proceeding before all of the State Courts and the Federal Courts, the Fair Work Commission, as well as a variety of State Tribunals including the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

John has more than 15 years’ experience in the area of employment and discrimination law acting for both employers and employees.  John is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he enjoys working with boards and committees on governance and management matters.

John has extensive experience in the area of debt recovery and insolvency. He has broad experience in all aspects of voluntary administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy matters. John has worked with and against liquidators, bankruptcy trustees, banks and government bodies such as the ATO.

John has regularly been engaged as an expert speaker for information seminars held for a variety of audiences.



Civil and Commercial Litigation in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals, including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership, shareholder and director disputes
  • Defamation
  • Competition and Consumer Law
  • Enforcement proceedings

Employment and Workplace Law, including:

  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • Workplace investigations
  • Discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • General protections claims
  • Termination and redundancy advice
  • Contracts of employment
  • Workplace agreements

Governance and Risk Management, including training and advice

Debt Recovery, including fixed-fee costs for large volume of debtors

Personal Insolvency, including:

  • Bankruptcy Notices
  • Creditor’s Petitions
  • Advice regarding all aspects of bankruptcy, including voluntary bankruptcy
  • Debt Agreements

Corporate Insolvency, including:

  • Creditor’s Statutory Demands
  • Director Penalty Notices
  • Advice regarding all forms of external administration, including liquidation, voluntary administration and receivership

Property Disputes, including:

  • Caveat disputes
  • Real estate commission disputes
  • Body Corporate disputes
  • Residential and commercial tenancy disputes

Town agency work


  • Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of High Court of Australia
  • Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, James Cook University, 1998
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Graduate
  • AICD Cairns Regional Committee, Member
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA), Professional Member
  • Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, Member
  • Queensland Law Society, Member
  • Queensland Law Society’s Litigation Rules Committee, Member
  • Queensland Law Society’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee, Member
  • Far North Queensland Law Association, Member and Former Treasurer
  • Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund, Member
  • Honoured Friends of the Salvation Army, Solicitor Member
  • Amnesty International Legal Network, Member
  • Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Member



1A Water Street, PO Box 947, Cairns Queensland 4870
07 4046 1126