John Baartz

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)
Queensland Bar


John Baartz is a barrister at Level Twenty Seven Chambers in Brisbane. He has over 20 years’ experience handling complex building and construction, insurance and professional negligence litigation in Australia and overseas.

Whilst practicing predominantly in the building and construction field, John also appears in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contract law, insurance, professional negligence, insolvency, and trade practices. He appears in all courts, arbitrations and commissions of inquiry as well as in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

His reputation as one of the leading barristers in his areas of practice is reflected by his listing in many independent legal directories:

  • Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific: he is listed in Band 1 and one of only eight ranked junior barristers in Australia for Construction & Infrastructure in 2017 (having previously been listed as one of one five junior barristers in 2016);
  • Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers: he is listed as a leading barrister for Construction & Infrastructure (2016 and 2017) and Commercial Law (2017);
  • Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession: he is listed as a one of the leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel in Australia (2017) and Queensland (2015, 2016 and 2017). He is also listed as a leading junior for Commercial Litigation & Disputes in Queensland (2016 and 2017).

John was called to the Bar in 2010 and prior to this he was a partner of a national, now international, law firm, where he was in charge of the firm’s Australian Projects Litigation stream.

Teaching (2024)