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John Cotter has pole position heading into retirement

Warrick McLean

The Principals and staff at Coleman Greig would like to wish John Cotter a happy and healthy retirement.

John is leaving this December after 8 years with the firm’s Property team, having been invaluable as a trusted adviser to government clients and mentor to fellow lawyers within the firm.

Admitted in 1973, John has more than 40 years of experience in property and finance law. Over that time he has successfully negotiated matters ranging from leasing and acquisition transactions right through to multi-million dollar property development projects.

An Accredited Specialist, John has represented numerous property developers, government agencies and major institutions on a variety of issues such as the acquisition of significant parcels of land and commercial and industrial properties, the creation of Motorway easements for utility services, and the refinancing of company assets for developers involving multiple securities.

Principal and Head of Property, Andrew Grima, said that the knowledge and skillset that John has imparted on the team has been invaluable.

“John has developed strong client relationships and a wealth of knowledge throughout his years of practice. 

“It’s been a privilege to work with him and we look forward to continuing to deliver efficient, high quality legal services thanks to the legacy that John has left us with.”

Prior to joining Coleman Greig, John was with Champion Legal in Parramatta for many years and held the position of Director with the firm.  

Coleman Greig CEO, Warrick McLean, said “John is well-respected and highly regarded by both clients and colleagues alike thanks to his experience and reputation for achieving the best results possible.”

Outside of his professional activities, John is a keen motor sport enthusiast and Director (and past president) of the Australian Racing Driver's Club, which runs Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek.  He has raced many times in the Bathurst 1000 and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 by the Australian Government and the Service Star in 1996 by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, both for service to motor sport.

He has also been a familiar face to participants involved in the Coleman Greig Challenge in his role as a running marshal. In 2017, John decided to up the ante by also fundraising for the event, raising a total of $4,175 for children with special needs and newborn care.

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