Joel’s practice includes insurance coverage disputes, personal injury (including catastrophic injuries and historical child sexual abuse), property damage (defence and recoveries), Australian Consumer Law claims and vocational regulation.
Joel delivers prompt, comprehensive and pragmatic written opinions, including clear resolution strategies. He communicates complex legal concepts and analysis in plain language. He is accessible and collaborative.
Before joining the bar, Joel was Partner‑in‑Charge of the Perth office of a national firm and was previously a partner in another national firm. Since joining the bar, Joel has appeared in Best Lawyers 2023 and 2024 and Doyle’s Guide 2022. He has appeared in both guides since 2014.
Joel is an experienced advocate and has appeared in such Courts and Tribunals as:
- WA District Court
- Supreme Court of Western Australia
- WA Court of Appeal
- Coroners Court of WA
- Arbitration Service, WorkCover WA
- State Administrative Tribunal (WA)
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal
- High Court of Australia.
Examples are: Beer v Duracraft Pty Ltd  WASCA 192; Player v Avery  WASCA 147; (2022) 102 MVR 495 (successfully opposed special leave); Yang v The St Brigids Convent of Mercy Perth Ltd  WADC 132; Tamboritha Consultants Pty Ltd v Knight (2008) 58 SR (WA) 291; George v Qube Ports Pty Ltd  WADC 97; Uprety v Serco Australia Pty Ltd  WADC 53; Dossett v TKJ Nominees Pty Ltd (2003) 218 CLR 1 (junior counsel); De San Miguel v Ryanex Pty Ltd (2003) 34 SR (WA) 330; and Pilbara Iron Pty Ltd v Co-Operative Bulk Handling Ltd  WACC C12-2010.
Joel is a previous WA Committee member for the Australian Insurance Law Association, having served on the committee for 10 years, three of those as treasurer. Joel is a strong supporter of continuing legal education and presents to clients and colleagues on the latest legal developments.