Meet John Harvey

Special Counsel | Compensation Law

John Harvey

Special Counsel
Compensation Law

As a member of Bennett & Philp’s Compensation Law Team for almost twenty years, John has earned a reputation for his tenacious spirit for client justice. John provides honest, frank advice when appraising a claim and is persistent and deliberate in his approach to managing them.

John has extensive experience litigating personal injury claims. More than 50% of his practice comprises medical negligence claims and total and permanent disability (TPD) claims. The balance of John’s client caseload consists of claims arising from workplace accidents and motor vehicle accidents, as well as public liability claims.

John’s sincere approach combined with his persistent determination for fairness means clients feel safe having a passionate adviser guiding them every step of the way.


Experienced, passionate, trusted.

John’s sincere approach combined with his persistent determination for fairness means clients feel safe having a passionate adviser guiding them every step of the way.


Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) I Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Laws I Queensland University of Technology
Queensland Law Society
Australian Lawyers’ Alliance
Moreton Bay Boat Club
2000 Supreme Court of Queensland
2000 High Court of Australia

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Publications by John

30 March 2020 COVID-19 / News & Media

Coronavirus and Medical Negligence: The Unfortunate Truth

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12 December 2019 Case Studies

Do Our Emergency Responders Have Enough Mental Health Support?

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22 November 2019 News & Media

Pelvic Mesh Implants: The Johnson & Johnson Class Action

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“We were kept well informed of the progress of the matter. We were kept well informed of the various legal processes that were happening and would be happening in the future.

We were given a realistic idea of the settlement amount. We felt that everything that could be done regarding our matter was done.

We really appreciate the tact and sensitivity which […] was dealt with.”

Mr B
Manly, QLD

“We have been in contact with various legal and support staff at Bennett & Philp for many years and everyone who has assisted us have been most helpful, very friendly and polite.

The barrister you arranged to assist us in our matter was very helpful and very supportive also. Thank you.”

Mr and Mrs S
Forest Lake, QLD

“Good client relationship. You were very good at keeping us informed with the process and the latest developments which was greatly appreciated.

Fast turnaround time and responses to emails and very well organised.

Good results achieved, strong integrity/professionalism displayed at all times.

Excellent services provided.”

Mr D
Victoria Point, QLD

“From the start, through until the end, you were very kind and helpful. I will recommend you to anyone who needs help and I can’t say a bad thing about you all.”

Mr E
Moores Pocket, QLD

“Appreciated the home visits and communication. The office staff was always very polite. It was comforting knowing you were there on-hand for advice or to answer any questions and being patient.”

Mr G
West End, QLD

“I was very happy with every aspect of your service and, as such, intend to recommend Bennett & Philp Lawyers to family and friends.”

Mr H
Algester, QLD

“You have done well. I am so happy that I was able to be fast-tracked.

I will be referring anyone I know that needs legal help with claims. Thank you for all your help. You have done a good job.


Mr M
Burpengary, QLD

“We appreciate your thorough, honest recording of documentation and advice given. You were prompt to address every request by email or telephone as required. We feel we were kept up-to-date at all times and you kept our interest as your priority.”

Mr M
Kawana, QLD

“Information, updates and legal advice with sound, practical explanation of process. Very satisfied and would recommend Bennett & Philp to anyone for legal advice.”

Mr T
Camp Hill, QLD

“Always very helpful. Ensured the process was as stress-free as possible. Contact was always maintained throughout the process and I was always kept informed every step throughout.

Everything was explained so that I could understand what was going on. Very professional and I always felt I was treated with respect. Thank you!”

Mr T
North Ipswich, QLD

“Thoroughness, conciseness, competency, good at explaining the case, the law and the process. Human kindness.”

Mr W-M
Beaudesert, QLD

“I really appreciated your services which you provided me. You did really well. In future, if someone needs assistance, I will recommend you. Best of luck for your future.”

Mrs S
Greenslopes, QLD

“You supported me throughout my long, lengthy claim. You were always honest. You were also very polite and welcoming to not only me, but my Mum as well. And we had a success.”

Ms C
Yamanto, QLD

“Professional and reasonable advice. Prompt action. Strived for optimum outcome. Efficient and organised. Great communication to client.”

Ms E
Chapel Hill, QLD

“Very courteous and polite, good communication. Very happy with all staff and barrister.

Ms S
Bunya, QLD

“I commend you all for your excellent work and appreciate it more than you will ever know. The job you all do is fantastic! I felt all of the actions taken, on my behalf, were extremely well done and this knowledge gave me a great deal of comfort during the whole process. I knew my claim was in trustworthy hands.”


“Very good customer service and very good explanations for every step. I am impressed with this and will be happy to recommend [your firm] to a friend or anyone else. Thank you very much for working with me.”

Ms T

“Great, timely communication. Always felt well informed and in the loop.”

Ms W
MacKenzie, QLD

“You got back to me and kept me informed. I like the way you got outside help when needed. You worked with me at all times and you got the best outcome. All staff were nice and respectful always.”

Ms W
Sunnybank Hills, QLD

“Thank you for this advice and handling my claim with [the insurer]. I appreciate the information and advice you gave and the ease with which this situation has been handled.”

Ms S
Wynnum, QLD