Joseph Simpson

Solicitor 2016 / Barrister 2020


Joseph is a multi-specialist who accepts briefs in all Australian jurisdictions.  He has acted for individuals and companies in a wide range of commercial disputes, regulatory actions, and criminal proceedings.  He regularly appears unled in jury and judge alone trials in New South Wales courts.

Joseph has a principal focus on criminal law (including white collar crime), inquests and inquiries, professional discipline, regulatory and public law. He also maintains a broad commercial practice that encompasses contract disputes, professional indemnity and insurance, competition, fraud, corporations law and building and construction law.

Prior to coming to the bar, Joseph was a senior solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service in New South Wales, and in private practice.


  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law, including White Collar Crime
  • Regulatory Law
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Professional Discipline
  • Commercial Law
  • Building and Construction Law
  • Professional Indemnity and Insurance

Focus Areas + Select Cases

Administrative Law

Glencore Coal Pty Limited v Franks [2021] FCAFC 61, led by I.G.B Roberts SC.

Appeared for the successful respondent on appeal against a decision of the Federal Court refusing leave to rely on anthropological material filed in discontinued Native Title proceedings.

Carrol v Commissioner of Police, NSW Police Force [2021] NSWCATAD 301, unled.

Appeared for the successful applicant in proceedings seeking review of a decision to cancel his firearms license.

Criminal Law

R v Pambos, 2019/00276085, unled.

Appeared for an accused in a special hearing before the District Court of New South Wales in connection with offences contrary to s 66A of the Crimes Act. Verdict of not guilty on all counts.

R v Goodwin, 2021/00068839, unled.

Appeared for the accused in a jury trial before the District Court of New South Wales in connection with offences under s 61I of the Crimes Act. Verdict of not guilty on all counts.

R v Wallace, 2022/00110063, unled.

Appeared for the accused in a judge alone trial before the District Court of New South Wales in connection with offences under ss 86 and 97 of the Crimes Act.  Successfully argued for the exclusion of a recorded interview and other ‘admission’ evidence following a voir dire.  Verdict of not guilty on all counts.

Professional Indemnity & Insurance

Dural 24/7 Pty Ltd v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London [2022] FCAFC 147, led by J Sheahan KC and D Mitchell.

Appeared for the appellants in an appeal against a declaration made by a single judge of the federal court regarding the meaning of a phrase, ‘quarantinable diseases’, in an insurance policy.  The appal involved consideration of The Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) and the Quarantine Act 1908 (Cth).


SafeWork NSW v Buddco Pty Limited [2022] NSWDC 549, led M Scott.

Appeared for the defendant in trial and sentence proceedings brought by SafeWork NSW.

State Insurance Regulatory Authority v Clarinda Martin, 2022/00144534, unled.

Appeared for the prosecution in connection with fraud offences alleged to have been committed in the context of a claim under the Workers Compensation scheme.  Verdict of guilty on all counts.

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