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 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 and Best Lawyers.

Prior Experience

  • Gilbert + Tobin, intellectual property group (2011-2015)
  • Minter Ellison, construction group and intellectual property group (2010-2011)
  • 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 2021 Asia-Pacific and Global rankings for Intellectual Property. Doyle’s Guide 2022 has listed Ms St John as Leading junior counsel in Intellectual Property and Technology, Media & Telecommunications. She is also named in Best Lawyers Australia 2023 for her work in Intellectual Property Law.

Frances St John