John Coldham



John’s practice focuses on personal injury litigation management. He acts primarily for WorkSafe Victoria and is responsible for managing the delivery of quality common law and statutory benefits service and outcomes.

With John’s claims and scheme experience, he has introduced a litigation management model to drive quality outcomes for WorkSafe Victoria’s agents and employers.

John has also acted for numerous self-insurers. He understands the unique global finalisation requirements of self-insurers and achieves outstanding outcomes consistent with those requirements.

John is a leading Workers Compensation lawyer in Victoria in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and is recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2020.


  • John has acted for WorkSafe Victoria and its predecessors since the introduction of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic). He has worked as senior legal counsel at TAC Law and when TAC Law was added to the Victorian WorkCover Authority legal panel, John was appointed senior legal counsel manager and headed TAC Law’s WorkCover Division.
  • John has also worked as the National Manager, Dispute Management at Allianz Australia Insurance, where he managed the litigation and legal panels of three CTP schemes and two workers’ compensation schemes.

Awards and recognition

Best Lawyers in Australia 2020-2023
Recognised – Personal Injury Litigation
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020-2023
Leading Workers Compensation Lawyer – Defendant (Victoria)