John Pearce is most known as a Melbourne Notary Public. He has a private legal and notarial practice in the Melbourne Central Business District and in the Eastern Suburbs. He practises in the areas of Property law, Wills and Estate, Legal Ethics and Notarial Practice.
He has degrees in science, theology and law, and diplomas in education, statistics, legal practice and notarial practice.
John was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2001 and appointed by the Supreme Court of Victoria to the office of Notary in 2008.
He is the immediate Past President of The Society of Notaries of Victoria (2016 – 2018) and a Fellow of the Society. He is also Governor for Victoria of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries, as well as being a Fellow of the College.
Immediately prior to working full time in his private legal practice, John worked as a Senior Legal Ethics Solicitor at the Law Institute of Victoria, including a period managing the Ethics & Professional Practice department which provides, amongst other things, written and telephone advice to Victorian Solicitors with regard to ethics and practice management.
John’s duties at the Law Institute also included preparing draft Ethics Rulings for consideration by the Law Institute’s Ethics Committee, and delivering Ethics presentations to legal practitioners.
Prior to his role at the Law Institute, John worked as an in-house Solicitor for a large government department where he practised primarily in property law. His departmental duties included for a time management of a team of lawyers advising on complex transactions.
John is now a Consultant to a new boutique legal firm, “ethics4lawyers” which provides legal ethics advice, information and education services primarily to legal practitioners.
His professional memberships and academic qualifications are:
- President , The Society of Notaries of Victoria
- Fellow, The Society of Notaries of Victoria (FSNV)
- Executive Governor, Board of The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries
- Fellow, The Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries (FANZCN)
- Member, Law Institute of Victoria
- B Sc (Hons), B Theol, Dip Ed, GDip Social Stats, LL B, GDip Legal Prac, GDip Notarial Prac