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John MullinsPartner

Regarded as one of Queensland's leading sport lawyers, John is a Partner in our Business team.

John was the firm's Managing Partner from 1982 to 2015; leading Mullins' growth from a small, family practice to the large commercial firm it is today.

As a solicitor for more than 40 years, John has significant experience in franchising, property and the financial aspects of commercial law; however, his current focus is on his great passion - sport.

For sporting organisations, good governance is critical to both financial and on-field performance. It's this area that John's four decades of commercial legal practice really comes into play.

John also advises clients on sports law issues including in relation to venues, events, constitutions, sponsorships, policies, risk management, contracting (including player contracting) and disciplinary action. His clients include government entities, most of Queensland's major sporting associations and some national bodies.

John has been involved in sporting judiciaries for many years and was the first independent board member to QSport, the Sports Federation of Queensland.


  • Admitted 1981
  • Master of Laws in International Sports Law (2006)

Industry Involvement

  • Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) - Member
  • QSport - Board member 2008-2019
  • Bulls Masters Limited - Board member
  • Tattersall's Club - Board member
  • Easts Rugby Club - Life Member
  • Sport Minister's Advisory Council - Member

My role as a lawyer and an advisor is to help clients with their projects and issues, not just provide legal advice.

John Mullins | Partner, Business

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