John Spender

BA, LLB, GDLP, Acc Spec (Family Law)

John graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1992. He was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in December 1992, and as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria in October 1993.

John has been a practising family lawyer since 1993, and was accredited as a family law specialist in Victoria in 2003. He joined Kennedy Partners, Lawyers, a family law firm with high Australian and international reputation, in December 2007, and became a partner of the firm in July 2012.

John has actively participated in the committees of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria since 2003, and has been Chair of the Maintenance and Property Committee since 2011.

As part of his involvement within family law committees, John was instrumental in the drafting of a submission to the Victorian Government in 2004 that same sex couples be able to register their relationships. Such legislation was enacted in Victoria in 2008.

John has frequently presented at continuing legal education sessions, both within Australia and overseas. He is the co-author of the article "Doubly divided: Financial claims after death and relationship breakdown", published by the Law Institute Journal in October 2012.

John also assists in teaching and marking within the "Family Law and Practice" subject, forming part of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course run by Australian National University.

Publications and Editorial Contacts

Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (Family Law Precedents), Contact: AEFP Publishing 

Australian Family Law (Family Law Precedents), Contact: LN SC Publishing

Family Law, LexisNexis Practical Guidance (Family Law Precedents), Contact: Practical Guidance

Awards & Recognition

Accredited Specialist in Family Law (Law Institute of Victoria) - 2003  

Speaking Engagements

Most recent:

  • Presentation at Fourth Victorian Family Lawyers Conference, Bali, Indonesia – June 2013
  • Presentation at the 11th Annual Wills Drafting Conference, Melbourne, Australia -  March 2013


Law Institute of Victoria, Family Law Section of Law Council of Australia

Areas of expertise
Family Law
Academic Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie)
Bachelor of Laws (University of New South Wales)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Technology, Sydney)
Master of Business Administration (University of Dundee)
Professional Organisation
Kennedy Partners, Lawyers