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


Overview of Practice

Joel has developed a broad commercial practice since arriving at the Bar, with a particular expertise in building, construction, and property matters (including development disputes). In addition to appearing at trials, mediations, and on applications, he is regularly engaged to give pre-litigation advice, including on contractual disputes and consumer law issues.

He has also appeared and advised in matters concerning corporations, torts (trespass, nuisance, defamation, negligence, misleading conduct), employment/industrial relations, banking and finance, retail tenancies, and motor vehicles collisions.

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.

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 Victorian Bar’s New Barristers Committee, and 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 an LIV-representative in 2015-6, then for the Victorian Bar in 2016-7)
  • In 2014, Joel recieved 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, defamation, statutory interpretation, and corporate governance and directors’ duties.
  • In 2016, Joel was elected to Council in the City of Glen Eira (for a four-year term), which is similiar to a board role. His committee memberships have included Recreation and Leisure (as Chair), Local Laws, CEO Employment Matters, and the Councillor Conduct Reference Group.

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

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