JWS Consulting is a division of Johnson Winter & Slattery providing commercial consulting services.
We are engaged by major Australian and international corporations as legal counsel on their business activities, disputes and most challenging matters.
Established in 1993 by Tony Johnson, Nigel Winter and Peter Slattery as a boutique corporate firm, JWS grew rapidly to become a leading independent Australian firm.
The quality of our legal advice and service to clients is recognised through independent industry recognition and direct client feedback.
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In 2018, we celebrated 25 years of long-lasting relationships with our valued clients.
Joseph is a pre-eminent litigator and restructuring and insolvency lawyer specialising in large scale complex litigation (including class actions) and all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency.
He has been instructed in respect of almost every major corporate insolvency in Australia during the last 20 years. He is an expert litigator and advocate and handles complex litigious matters with a particular focus on class actions.
Joseph acts for representative plaintiffs in class actions as well as advising domestic and international litigation funders in respect of their financing of litigation.
Joseph's experience includes complex insolvencies such as the collapse of multi-jurisdictional hedge fund, finance and insurance companies. He also acts for corporate clients in respect of their exposure to lenders or financially precarious counterparties.
His clients include domestic and international insolvency practitioners, ASX listed corporations, investment banks and litigation funders.
Joseph is known for the commerciality and speed of his advice. Clients particularly value his tenacity in litigious circumstances. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Best Lawyers Australia and Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.
Acting for the lead plaintiff in representative proceedings against SurfStitch Group - a formerly ASX listed on-line retailer.
Acted for the liquidators of the HIH Group, which remains Australia’s largest corporate insolvency. Acted in respect of several thousand shareholder claims made against HIH, including in the landmark case of HIH Insurance Limited (In Liquidation) and others  NSWSC 482 - which remains the only final decision in Australia establishing the indirect causation doctrine.
Successfully defending various proceedings in relation to claims by shareholders for breach of continuous disclosure obligations and alleged misleading and deceptive conduct.
Acted as principal legal advisor to the liquidator of Babcock & Brown, including in respect of prosecution of major claims and successful defence of shareholder class actions.
Acting on behalf of a litigation funder in obtaining a common fund order.
Acted for a representative class of creditors in respect of Australia’s largest Ponzi Scheme.
Acted for the first administrators of the Arrium Group.
Acted as the principal legal advisor to the liquidators of the the Allco Group of companies.
In relation to its exposure to the Dick Smith Group.
Acted for the receivers in respect of prosecution of several causes of action.
Acted for the administrators of the CBD Energy Group, which is the first successful reconstruction of an Australian entity publicly listed on the NASDAQ in the US.
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency
Recommended in Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency Law
Listed as a leading lawyer by lawyer in Insolvency & Reorganisation Law
Ranked as a Recommended Practitioner in Insolvency and Restructuring
JWS has successfully encouraged a Court decision to strike a balance between a legislative intention and an overall objective to maximise the return for creditors and any return to shareholders.
The PNW Project aims to test all registered liquidators’ compliance with the requirement to publish certain notices on ASIC’s “published notices website” and to lodge forms with ASIC.