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John Patterson

John is a Senior Solicitor in Best Wilson Buckley’s Ipswich office.

John began his legal career in a large top-tier commercial firm in Brisbane and worked across a variety of practice areas. He made the switch to family law in 2015 when he joined Best Wilson Buckley’s Brisbane team before relocating to Ipswich at the beginning of 2018. His previous commercial experience has gifted John with a unique insight into the commercial realities facing his family law clients, and his realism and desire to contribute in a meaningful way is at the core of his client’s experience.

John shows great judgement and a realistic and insightful approach in his dealings with the family law system, and this approach is reflected in the beneficial outcomes he routinely achieves for his clients and their family. He possesses an intimate knowledge of the law and effectively applies that knowledge in such a way that enables him to tailor his approach to each unique client he interacts with. John is extremely personable and easily gains the trust of his clients, aiming to reduce emotional and financial stress every step of the way.

Originally from Toowoomba, John enjoys being a part of our Ipswich team and providing exceptional family law services to clients outside of the capital city and closer to his hometown. In addition to his Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, he holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) from the Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Expertise and Professional Qualifications

John’s previous commercial experience has gifted him with a unique insight into the commercial realities facing his family law clients. He is experienced in resolving complex property settlement matters, be it through agreement or litigation, and is well-rehearsed in preparing Financial Agreements. John also finds great satisfaction in resolving parenting matters in such a way that reduces conflict between parents and protects the best interests of his clients and their children.

Associations and Career Awards


  • Ipswich Law Association
  • Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Golden Key International Honour Society


August 13, 2019

By John Patterson | Family Law | Parenting | Parenting matters

Man Down – Are Fathers Pushing it Uphill in the World of Family Law?

If you own a television or computer, you’ve probably experienced the thrill of a bloke in a t-shirt with a slogan that doesn’t make sense aggressively venting on social media...

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January 29, 2019

By John Patterson | Property settlements

Swift and Amicable Property Settlement? It Can Be Done!

Most of us have had the ever-enjoyable experience of being at a barbeque and listening to our neighbour’s step-father’s monologue about his dealings with his horrific ex-wife during their divorce....

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December 20, 2017

By John Patterson | Separation | Superannuation

Superannuation Specialists

John Patterson, Solicitor and Kiara Greenway, Paralegal When we think of a relationship breakdown, most of us immediately think of the division of the tangible, big ticket items. Those items...

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October 31, 2017

By John Patterson | Family Law | Parenting

Oh Holy Right

A friend of mine has a theory about Christmas. Last year he said to me “the Spirit of Christmas is mostly about doing things you don’t want to do until...

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November 07, 2016

By John Patterson | Divorce | Separation

Holiday Divorce

A colleague of mine refers to being a lawyer as being similar to suffering from a “genetic defect”. I tend to agree. Many of us have been, at least in...

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June 06, 2016

By John Patterson | Podcasts

Why John Patterson Does Family Law

In this podcast, BWB Legal Partner, Dan Buckley talks with BWB Solicitor, John Patterson on his road to practicing family law.

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