Frances St John


Competition (Antitrust)

Consumer Protection

Intellectual Property

Ms St John specialises in intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trade marks, designs, breach of confidence, and false advertising. She regularly appears, led and unled, in the High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Court, and IP Australia. She is recognised as one of Australia’s leading IP junior barristers by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, Best Lawyers, and Chambers & Partners.

Prior Experience

  • Intellectual property litigation groups in two major commercial law firms (2010-2015)
  • Federal Court of Australia, Associate to Justice Greenwood (2009)


Australian National University: Master of Laws (First Class) (2014)
University of Queensland: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (2007)

Ms St John is recognised in Chambers & Partners 2024 Global and Asia-Pacific rankings for intellectual property. Doyle’s Guide 2023 has listed Ms St John as “Preeminent” junior counsel in intellectual property and “Leading” junior counsel in technology, media & telecommunications. She is also named in Best Lawyers Australia 2025 for intellectual property.

Frances St John