Bar Roll – 1 May 2014
Admitted – 23 August 2011

Phone – 03 9225 6604
Email –
Chamber – Floor 9, Room 915 ODCW, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne


Bar Roll – 1 May 2014
Admitted – 23 August 2011

Phone – 03 9225 6604
Email –
Chamber – Floor 9, Room 915 ODCW, 525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Admitted to practice in

  • Victoria
  • Federal Jurisdictions

Area of Law

  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Building and Construction Law (Incl Engineering)
  • Civil Liberties/Discrimination
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporations (Company) Law
  • Defamation
  • Industrial Relations
  • Insurance Law
  • Property Law/Sale of Land
  • Securities
  • Trade Practices


To see some of the more significant matters (reported and unreported) that Joel has appeared in, please go to ‘Extended Biography’ in his Victorian Bar profile page.


Overview of Practice

Joel’s practice has seen him become a trusted commercial adviser to a wide range of clients. His increasing focus is in the building and construction field (from smaller domestic building disputes to larger security of payment issues), together with property law (advising on easements, owners’ corporations, leasing disputes, and nuisance matters) and insurance. He often advises parties from the earliest stages of their disputes (including on obtaining expert evidence) and is experienced in the preparation and running of trials, both led and as sole counsel. He has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution in the construction sphere, including arbitration.

Joel accepts briefs in all Courts and Tribunals (state and federal) and has obtained significant experience in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). He read with Jeremy Twigg QC in 2014.

To view Joel’s full CV, and to find some of his published works, you can visit his LinkedIn profile.


Relevant Skills and Experience

Joel continues to accumulate skills and experience which enhance his practice. These include:

  • Joel serves on the committee of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society (BDPS). He is a former Young Lawyers President (2015) at the Law Institute of Victoria, and subsequently served on the Law Council of Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee (beginning as a LIV-representative in 2015-6, then for the Victorian Bar in 2016-7).
  • In 2014, Joel received the Daniel Pollack Readers Award for his pro bono work and continues to accept pro bono briefs in his areas of practice.
  • In academia, Joel has taught in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor (JD) courses at La Trobe Law School, delivering lectures for Torts and Employment Law, and leading seminars in Legal Ethics. He has also been a peer reviewer for the Melbourne University Law Review.
  • Joel is completing his Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of Melbourne, which has to-date covered the areas of construction law (covering legal and technical matters), defamation, statutory interpretation, corporate governance and directors’ duties, and insurance.
  • In 2016, Joel was elected to Council in the City of Glen Eira (for a four-year term), which is similar to a board role. He is current Deputy Mayor and serves on a range of committees (including as Chair of the Local Laws Committee).
  • Joel served six seasons on the Football Federation of Victoria’s Grievance and Disciplinary Tribunal, from 2011 to 2017.

Joel has also authored a number of practice papers (nuisance and treesimplied subdivision easementsbriefing in domestic building matters) and academic articles (see his LinkedIn).