John MacPhail

John MacPhail


+61 88236 7651
+61 411 147 369

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual property, information technology and biotechnology
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Agribusiness

John MacPhail is an Adelaide based commercial lawyer with 30 years’ experience in advising and assisting a wide range of clients in intellectual property, privacy, IT and telecommunications, internet and social media law, franchising, trade practices, and consumer and competition law.

He has worked with firms in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.  John taught copyright and designs law and practice at post-graduate level at UTS in Sydney, he is a past President of the Copyright Society of Australia and a member of the IPSANZ (Intellectual Property Society of Aus. and NZ).

John sits on the board and is the Deputy Chair of the Hospital Research Foundation, a high-profile South Australian research-based not-for-profit organisation, and is on the board of the Shorts Film Festival. He also serves as a member of the Civil Litigation Committee and also the Commercial Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia.

John is consecutively listed in ‘Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession’ (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) as being ‘leading’ in Intellectual Property, and Technology, Media and Telecommunications  in South Australia.  He is also listed in ‘Best Lawyers Australia’ (2015, 2014 and 2013 editions) as an ‘expert’ in Intellectual Property law.  ALB Legal News magazine’s review of IP practitioners described John as being ‘… knowledgeable and helpful “right from the start“‘, as giving ‘good, practical advice‘, and as having ‘great availability‘ and being ‘responsible and astute’.

Memberships/External Appointments

  • The Law Society of South Australia – Civil Litigation Committee and Commercial Law Committee
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Hospital Research Foundation, Deputy Chair
  • Shorts Film Festival Board