John Mahoney - Chairman

John Mahoney

John Mahoney



Telephone: (07) 3007 3718


John is one of the founding partners of Mahoneys and is now the firm’s managing partner.


John holds a Bachelor of Laws being admitted as a lawyer in 1978, and also admitted in New South Wales in 1990. After 9 years in his own specialist Property Law practice, John accepted an offer to join a city based law firm in January 1991. He headed the property division of that firm until he established Mahoneys in 2002.

Experience and Services

John has over 30 years experience in most areas of property and business law. He has handled an extensive range of property and business purchase/sale transactions from vacant residential land to multimillion dollar commercial properties, suburban homes to huge caravan parks, small hardware businesses to large multi-storey hotels and major management rights transactions.

John has been at the forefront of legislative change in many areas of property law over the past 20 years. He represented the management rights industry in their dealings with the state and federal governments in the Body Corporate and Community Management Act, the Managed Investments Act and the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act.

As the senior vice president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and its lead lawyer in the Institute’s submission on the Integrated Planning Act, John gained an intimate knowledge of the Act and actually developed and wrote a selection of its critical elements. In the area of town planning, John has advised a number of national clients and conducted or overseen the conduct of a large number of appeals in the Planning and Environment Court, some of these involving groundbreaking issues.

  • Property Development - planning advice, site acquisitions, subdivisions and mixed use developments
  • Management Rights - conveyancing, dispute resolution and advice
  • Property Conveyancing - leasehold and freehold, particularly commercial properties
  • Business sales and acquisitions
  • Land Act - acquisitions, conversions, leases and transfers
  • Planning and environment court appeals, general development, planning and environment advice

John’s range of clients is as diverse as the specific areas of law in which he specialises. He acts for one of the state’s largest land developers, other large developers and public companies as well as a large number of smaller and medium size developers.

John has a particular interest in management rights, and has a wide range of clients including major accommodation providers.


With 6 children, there is not a lot of time for many interests other than work and family! However, when given the opportunity, John’s active interests extend to golf, tennis and sailing.  He is a keen rugby supporter and his Queensland rugby membership goes back to the early 1980’s so he has been enjoying the Reds recent success.