John Toohey Chambers


John Toohey Chambers

Contact Information

Level 3, Council House; 27-29 St George's Terrace, PERTH, WA, 6000
(08) 6315 3387
0410 351 044
(08) 6315 3399

Professional Information


In the early 70's I started and completed an apprenticeship and worked in the printing industry. In 83 after 4 years of full time study, I was awarded a business degree and I worked in government for a short while. I have worked as an Industrial Relations Officer, Advocate and Employee Relations Manager for a large private company.

After 7 years of working full time and studying I graduated in law in 1996, I completed articles and practised as a solicitor and Senior Associate. I established and ran my own firm in early 2004, practising primarily in the area of employment, industrial relations, equal opportunity and occupational health and safety law. These are my main areas of practise. I accept instructions from employers, governments and employees.

I decided to practise as a barrister in 2006.

I have advised on matters and appeared as counsel in all State and most Federal Courts, including the Industrial Appeal Court, State Administrative Tribunal and the Australian (now Fair Work) and Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

More recently I have carried out a number of family law briefs including:

Defending against alleged contraventions of Court orders (mainly parenting);

Applications for parenting orders.

Property, maintenance and children's issues for both De facto and married couples (including technical jurisdiction challenges) and have archived some significant negotiated settlements;

A divorce in which one party opposed the divorce for religious and cultural reasons;

Opinion work (for example on superannuation splitting).

Violence restraining orders (I was counsel for the Applicant in Baron v Walsh in the Magistrates Court obtaining a 5 year restraining order and a significant costs order. That matter went on appeal and succeeded in the District Court. The District Court judgment was overturned by an appeal to the Supreme Court. The High Court refused special leave. I was involved, as well as at first instance, in a limited way in the District Court appeal);

Child relocation (I have done several of these involving a de facto relationship and a marriage);

Parentage testing;

Child recovery orders (numerous) and

An appeal in the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia (see the anonymised case name Manotis & Manotis 2010) which succeeded including costs. In April 2011, I succeeded in a case involving the same parties and obtained consequential interlocutory orders and costs related to the sale of real property.

I have also, in connection with Family Law, been involved in numerous:

Interlocutory Applications in a Case;

Case Assessment Conferences;

Readiness hearings; and


Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Family Law Practitioners’ Association of WA