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Joshua Wilcox

Special Counsel

Perth

+61 8 6317 0440

Since admission to practice in 2009, Joshua has established himself as a leading workers’ compensation lawyer, representing major insurers and self-insured clients in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services division of WorkCover WA and in the District Court of Western Australia. He is highly regarded for his professional and commercial approach to claims management and his ability to provide clear and concise legal advice to clients in relation to complex and contentious issues.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Joshua has significant experience acting on behalf of global, national and state-based employers across a diverse range of industries and has achieved favourable outcomes for clients at WorkCover proceedings, including successfully opposing Applications for weekly payments and statutory allowances.

He has represented clients in matters such as:

  • Sensitive and highly politicised workers’ compensation claims made by Chief Executive Officers and Working Directors
  • Jurisdictional issues arising from work injuries sustained outside of Western Australia
  • Claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1959 (WA) involving multiple parties (including mine site owners and occupiers)
  • Claims involving motor vehicle accidents and recovery actions against third parties
  • Complex and inter-related psychiatric injury claims
  • Claims involving complex and latent physical conditions and life-threatening infectious diseases.

Joshua is particularly skilled in addressing disputes concerning workers’ entitlements under the Workers’ Compensation & Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) and has advised extensively on this issue. He also advises on contractual and indemnity issues including principals’ indemnity extensions.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Joshua acted as Junior Counsel for a global pipeline operator and services provider and reached a favourable commercial settlement in a multi-million dollar District Court action commenced by a worker who was injured as a result of an explosion on Barrow Island.

In addition, Joshua successfully defended an Application by a leading waste equipment manufacturer for disclosure of privileged investigation documents. Importantly, the decision provided further clarification as to the law relating to legal professional privilege.

RECOGNITION

Deans Merit List, 2014, Deakin University

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, 2004, Curtin University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, 2009, University of Western Australia
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2009, College of Law
  • Master of Laws (High Distinction), 2014, Deakin University

Memberships

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Young Insurance Professionals