John leads the firm’s International practice. He maintains a top class international and domestic client base.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LL.B)(first class honours) and Oxford University (BCL), John joined McCullough Robertson in February 2013 following a successful career in Dublin and London.
John has more than 20 years’ experience in major transactional and project work with a nationally significant practice in competition law, merger control, energy (gas and electricity), utilities, regulated industries, resources, technology, media & telecommunications , transport, agribusiness, intellectual property, life sciences and administrative law.
He also has a strong understanding of the government sector with considerable experience in privatisation and state transactional matters. John’s clients include significant corporates, multinationals, private equity, hedge funds, entrepreneurs, government entities and international law.
In its Competition/European Law: UK profile, Chambers UK Law Directory commented that he acts for clients from heavily regulated industries before both European and Irish competition authorities. Kettle is celebrated for his “fantastic knowledge, practical application to the case” and the way in which he “communicates his points clearly”.
John sits on several not-for profit boards in Australia, including the Queensland Futures Institute’s Energy Committee.
John is a former chair of the International Bar Association’s Public Law Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Irish Law Society’s EU & International Affairs Committee.
John is also a guest lecturer in competition law at the University of Queensland, a frequent speaker at the International Bar Association and presents in Australia on competition law, energy and utilities.
When not lawyering, John still plays football turning out at centre back for Newmarket over 35s.
Serial adviser on electricity renewables projects.
Advised on the sale of their Raguletto, Five Brothers and Chicken Tonight business and securing a 3 to 2 merger at phase 1.
Whitsunday Regional Council
Advised on the corporatisation of their airport (the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef).
Advised several of Australia’s biggest agribusinesses on ACCC investigations.
Dalian Wanda Group
Advised on the acquisition of Hoyt’s Cinemas and Val Morgan Media, Australia’s biggest cinema chain and cinema and mobile advertising business.
Advised the Irish and Northern Irish Energy Regulators in drafting the Single Electricity Market in Ireland (equivalent to the Australian National Electricity Market).