John Makris


With over 25 years experience working in regulatory workplace health and safety, environmental and heavy vehicle compliance, dealing with regulators, and providing advice and representation on numerous issues, John is regarded as a notable senior leader in the industry.

His appetite for getting to know and understand his clients, and his focus on providing exceptional service and support to them is admired by John’s peers and colleagues and valued by his clients.

His real passion is helping clients get their businesses back on track with minimum downtime and disruption, following workplace incidents and investigations. John expertly guides clients through the uncertainty and complexity of dealing with workplace incidents, including police and regulator investigations, prosecutions and coronial proceedings. His insightful, clear and practical advice is built around helping teams and people understand what has occurred and what needs to happen next, and focused on minimising any adverse impacts on the business and its people.

John also takes pride in staying ahead of the game; he invests a significant amount of time educating and training his clients on a range of safety, environmental and heavy vehicle compliance subjects so they too can be ahead of the game, and can be proactive in meeting their regulatory and compliance obligations.


Client quote from Legal 500 – John is “a go-to practitioner who dedicates himself to the cause and ensures that the advice he gives is practical, pragmatic and savvy.” And “responsive, pragmatic, and unique ability to cut through to the key issues.”

Recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific for Workplace Health & Safety – 2023 and 2024.

Recognised in the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for Workplace Health and Safety – 2023 and 2024.

Recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a Preeminent Lawyer in Leading Workplace Health & Safety – 2021 and 2023, as a Leading Lawyer in 2019 and a Recommended Lawyer in 2018.

Recognised in Best Lawyers for Occupational Health & Safety Law – since 2014.