Greens List Barristers

Joel Harris Bar : 2012| Admitted : 2007

Joel practices in the areas of common law and commercial law.

Phone : +61 3 9225 7222

Mobile : +61 499 857 62

Email : jharris@vicbar.com.au

Chambers : Owen Dixon Chambers West

Profile

Joel maintains a broad commercial, common, and regulatory law practice. He focuses on three principal areas:


  • Re/insurance coverage, liability and subrogation across a broad range of insurance wordings and policies including D&O, W&I, PE/VC, professional indemnity, management liability, financial crime, life science, public and product liability, trade credit, cargo and specie, energy, property, business interruption and cyber. 
  • Professional negligence liability claims focused on claims against doctors, allied health professionals, veterinarians, financial advisers, insurance agents and brokers, lawyers, life agents, IT professionals, accountants, and tax agents. 
  • General liability including personal injury and property damage claims.

Joel is an experienced advocate. He also has a significant advice practice and provides written advice on coverage, liability, quantum, evidence, procedure, and drafts pleadings. His work as an insurance barrister has been informed by a significant period working in-house as an insurance claims manager in Singapore and London and is able provide commercially sensible advice to his instructing solicitors and their insurance clients.


Insurance Law


Joel’s insurance law work frequently involves advice and litigation relating to policy coverage and the construction of policy wording across a wide variety of financial lines, casualty, property and marine insurance policies. He also has experience advising on coverage under life insurance policies including, total and permanent disability, income protection, and accident, and trauma cover.  


Professional Liability and Medical Negligence


Joel represents professionals in negligence proceedings including auditors/accountants, financial advisers, valuers, insurance brokers, lawyers, and veterinarians. He is regularly instructed by plaintiff and defendants in a broad range of medical negligence claims, including delayed treatment, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and failure to warn brought against hospitals, general practitioners, surgeons, and consultants.  


General Liability


Joel has experience in a wide range of personal injury and property damage claims. He has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, product liability, public liability and property damage claims. He has been instructed in serious and catastrophic cases involving psychiatric injury, chronic pain, and brain and spinal injuries. Joel has a particular interest in life science claims. He has advised on product recall and liability for medical devices as well as clinical trial compensation claims.


Advocacy 


Joel regularly appears in a range of Courts and Tribunals, including the County and Supreme Courts, the Federal Court, VCAT and the AAT. He appears in mediations and settlement conferences.


Selected cases


Appellant


  • Ford v Comcare [2018] FCAFC 127 (led by Tom Howe QC)
  • Herald & Weekly Times Ltd and Victorian WorkCover Authority v Jessop [2014] VSCA, led by Philip Jewell QC).


Judicial Review


  • Midfield Meat Processing Pty Ltd v Fish & Ors [2015], led by Andrew Keogh SC (as his Honour then was)


Statutory Insurance


  • Ford and Comcare [2018] AATA 648
  • Banwell and Comcare [2016] AATA 30
  • Fernandez and Australian Postal Corporation [2014] AATA 703
  • FVNH and Comcare [2013] AATA 832 


Personal Injury/Serious Injury Applications


  • Ebejer v Hobsons Bay City Council & Anor [2014] VCC 795 (unlead)
  • Mentha v Naddvick Holdings Pty Ltd and Ors (2013) (jury trial led by K Judd QC)
  • Botte v TAC [2013] VCC 1036 (led by D Hore-Lacy SC)
  • Holovka v VWA [2013] VCC 1918 (unled)
  • Brennan v Swire Cold Storage Pty Ltd & Anor [2012] VCC 2005 (unled)


International Arbitration


While in Singapore, Joel has experience advising on arbitrations administered by International Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre rules. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators. Joel also accepts appointments as tribunal secretary, having completed the ICC's training for tribunal secretaries and is on the HKIAC panel for tribunal secretaries. 


Previous Experience


In 2022, Joel returned to practice at the Victorian Bar after five years living in Singapore and two years in London. In Singapore, Joel worked as a qualified foreign lawyer for Clyde & Co in the firm's Coverage, Speciality and Reinsurance department. He also worked as a claims manager for the Newline Group, a leading Lloyd’s of London syndicate on Lloyd's Singapore platform. In London, Joel worked as an in-house lawyer and claims manager for the Medical Protection Society, a leading international medical defence mutual.


In November 2016, Joel was called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a member of The Honourable Society of Middle Temple. 


Joel first signed the Bar roll in May 2012, before coming to the Bar Joel worked as a solicitor at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Meridian Lawyers. Before working as a solicitor, Joel was an Associate to Her Honour Judge Davis of the County Court of Victoria.


Joel has a BA and LLB(Hons) from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

To get in touch with Joel Harris | or for more information please contact the Clerk on:

+61 3 9225 7222clerkb@greenslist.com.au

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.