Joseph (Joe) has a broad commercial practice and readily accepts briefs to advise and appear for clients across a wide variety of practice areas and jurisdictions. Joe is regularly briefed to appear, with or without a leader, in federal and state Courts and Tribunals for applications, trials and appeals.
With a particular interest in corporations and insolvency law, Joe is often briefed to appear on behalf of liquidators, shareholders and creditors in relation to recovery actions and other proceedings under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Joe recently appeared before the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia and subsequently the High Court of Australia in Morton as liquidator of MJ Woodman Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd v Metal Manufactures Pty Limited, a case concerning the availability of statutory set-off in unfair preference recoveries, led by J Gleeson SC and G McNally SC.
In addition to corporations and insolvency matters, Joe regularly appears in complex contractual disputes, contested estates, building and construction claims, professional negligence and insurance disputes in federal and state Courts and Tribunals. The diversity of Joe’s experience as an advocate is reflected in the breadth of his practice.
Beyond appearing in applications and trials at first instance, Joe appears in relation to appeals before appellate Courts and Tribunals including the NSW Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia, where his collaborative approach with solicitors and skills in written advocacy are regularly deployed.
As a passionate believer in the cab-rank principle, Joe readily accepts briefs to advise and appear for corporations, agencies and private individuals across NSW and interstate. Joe emphasises a flexible and modern approach to his practice, recognising the increasing significance of practical and business considerations in litigation for both solicitors and clients alike.