John Nikolic

John Nikolic


(02) 6279 4317


  • John has more than five years’ experience in providing advice to construction industry clients.

    John previously worked for Master Builders Australia and the Master Builders Association of the ACT, most recently as its Director of Industrial Relations. In that role, John provided advice on a range of industrial issues of critical importance to commercial and civil construction industries, including on subcontracting, managing industrial disputes, enterprise bargaining and tendering. John has unique insight into the industrial realities of the construction industry and testified at the 2015 Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

    As part of Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers’ Employment, Workplace Relations and Safety team, John has developed a number of strategies to assist clients in managing unlawful industrial interference in their business affairs.

    John also works in Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers’ Building and Construction team, where he has acted for clients in a range of building and construction disputes, including security of payment claims, defects claims and litigation. John is also a lecturer in the University of Canberra’s building and construction law course.  John is also a member of the Board of Master Builders ACT and the Chair of its Professional Sector Council.

    John previously worked as an associate to Justice Richard Refshauge of the ACT Supreme Court and before that as a law clerk the Commonwealth Department of Employment.

    • Employment contracts
    • Enterprise agreements
    • Industrial disputes
    • Union right of entry laws
    • Managing industrial risk and tendering
    • Construction dispute resolution
    • Construction litigation
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Hons) – Sydney University (2008)
    • Master of Public Policy – Australian National University (2014)


    • Australian Capital Territory, 2009

    Affiliations and Memberships

    • ACT Law Society
    • Society of Construction Law Australia