Joel Harris has recently returned to practice at the Victorian Bar after 18 months living in London.
Joel practices in the areas of common law, administrative law and criminal law. Joel has appeared alone and as a junior in a range of matters including damages trials in the County and Supreme Courts, serious injury applications, statutory benefits hearings (WorkCover, Comcare and TAC), VCAT reviews, and contested interlocutory applications. He appears in mediations and statutory settlement conferences.
Reported matters include:
Appellate work: Herald and Weekly Times Ltd & Anor v Jessop  VSCA 292 (junior to Philip Jewel QC);
Judical review: Midfield Meat Processing v Fish & Ors  VSC 195 (junior to Andrew Keogh SC).
Serious injury applications Ebejer v Hobsons Bay City Council & Anor  VCC 795 Holovka v VWA  VCC 1918; Whelan v Kellett Container Transport Services Pty Ltd & Anor  VCC 1192; Lim v Toyota Motor Corporation Australia  VCC 963 and Brennan v Swire Cold Storage Pty Ltd & Anor  VCC 2005.
Commonwealth workers’ compensation: Fernandez v Australia Post  AATA 703; FVNH and Comcare  AATA 832; and Banwell and Comcare  AATA 30.
Joel has been briefed to prepare advice and paperwork relation to personal injury, public liability, professional and medical negligence, insurance, administrative law and statutory benefits matters.
Joel is a Consultant and Reporter for the Australian Torts Reports.
Joel was Called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of the Middle Temple in November 2016. In London he worked for the Medical Protection Society managing a range of medical negligence claims including delayed treatment, misdiagnosis, surgical error and failure to warn brought against Dentists, General Practitioners, Surgeons and Consultants.
Before coming to the Bar Joel worked as a solicitor at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Meridian Lawyers practicing in the areas of insurance, medical negligence, inquests and professional disciplinary proceedings, particularly involving dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors and veterinary practitioners. Before working as a solicitor Joel was Associate to Her Honour Judge Davis of the County Court of Victoria.
Joel completed his Arts/Law (Hons) degree at the Australian National University. He completed a Master of Laws at The University of Melbourne focusing on the law of torts, health law and administrative law.
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