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John is the Principal of the law firm J.A. Fillmore & Co. He qualified from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Law degree in 1976 and was admitted to practice in the State of Victoria in 1977, and has been in practice continuously since that time. Prior to establishing the firm in 1985 he was a partner in an emerging city legal firm for four years. He has practised primarily in the areas of commercial law including mergers and acquisitions, complex restructures, property law, taxation law, estate planning and international business law.

John has extensive experience at board level with a number of companies who value his legal knowledge and commercial acumen. These include ASX-listed mining company Metminco Limited of which John was chairman from May 2007 until March 2011, during which time the company’s market capitalization grew from less than $5 million to over $400 million under his chairmanship, and Boomaroo Nurseries & Wholesale Supplies Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest seedling producers.

He is also Chairman of the Institute of Post-Colonial Studies and has affiliations with the Tax Institute, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Law Institute of Victoria.

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