To see some of the more significant matters (reported and unreported) that Joel has appeared and advised in, please go to 'Extended Biography'.
Overview of Practice
Joel is a commercial barrister and accredited mediator, having specific expertise and training in construction, insurance, and property law. He acts in a wide range of matters, often advising parties from the early stages of a matter (including in arranging expert evidence) to the end of trial.
Common matters where Joel acts include contractual disputes (including under Australian Standard, ABIC and residential construction contracts), Security of Payment claims, property disputes (such as easements and adverse possession, owners' corporation and lease disputes, and nuisance claims), and professional liability matters. He has authored a number of practice papers in these areas (nuisance and trees, implied subdivision easements, briefing in domestic building matters, security of payment legislation in the building industry).
He accepts briefs to appear in all Courts and Tribunals, and mediates in all areas of commercial law.
Joel is also a member of the Victorian Bar News editorial committee, an Accredited Advocacy Instructor for the Victorian Bar Readers Course, and serves on the Arbiter Panel List under section 142 of the Local Government Act 2020.
His extracurricular activities have included serving as a City Councillor in Glen Eira (including as Deputy Mayor), as President of the LIV Young Lawyers, on the Football Federation of Victoria's Grievance and Disciplinary Tribunal, teaching Torts and Legal Ethics at Latrobe University, an Assistant Honourary Secretary to the Bar Council, and on the committee of the List S (Svenson Barristers) Association for about seven years (including three as Treasurer).
To view Joel's full CV, including some of his current activities, and to find some of his published works, you can visit his LinkedIn profile.
Joel is a member of Melbourne TEC Chambers, the Commercial Bar Association, the Building Disputes Practitioners Society, the Society of Construction Law Australia, and the Tasmanian Bar.
While his practice is by no means limited to them, the clients Joel most commonly represents include:
If you fall into any of these categories, Joel probably has had a client in your situation before.
Why building and property?
Joel's family heritage is in the building industry, with the two preceding generations of Silvers practicing as architects and registered builders (in Perth and Melbourne). Having had industry exposure from a young age, Joel quickly developed an affinity with the construction law discourse.
This list includes some of Joel's experience, including reported cases.
Building and Construction Experience
Commercial Law Experience
Property, Tenancies and Owners' Corporations Experience
Other Experience and Interesting Cases