Full Name: Mr Joel Ruffles
Phone: +61 3 9225 7331
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0413 598 077
Chambers: Isaacs Chambers
Room: 0911
Date of Admission: 3 Nov 1999
Called to the Bar: 5 May 2016
Qualifications: B.A. (Philosophy); LL.B; ACIArb; Q.L.T.T. (UK)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


Joel Ruffles has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial law and commercial litigation. As a solicitor, Joel worked at national firms in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Joel’s legal expertise includes advising on all aspects of commercial law (with a particular interest in equity) and managing all types of commercial disputes including complex and high-value litigation in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia and the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

He has represented—

  • National and international banks, finance companies, insurers and financial derivative trading companies;
  • Government (including government departments, essential services, councils, statutory bodies) and industry self-regulatory bodies;
  • Information and communications technology businesses;
  • Liquidators, administrators and receivers;
  • Australian and European property developers;
  • Professionals (including accountants, solicitors, architects, stockbrokers and dentists); and
  • Retailers, manufacturers and other businesses of all sizes.

Examples of matters upon which Joel has worked since coming to the Bar include—

  • Claim by shareholders for relief from oppression and leave to commence derivative action (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Claim against financial planner in respect of failed managed investment schemes (Federal Court of Australia)
  • Defending claim by liquidators for breach of director’s duties (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Claim against ex-employee of assignee of rent roll for breach of confidence (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Defending claim for compensation against an attorney appointed under an enduring power of attorney (VCAT)
  • Judicial review of a decision of VCAT dismissing constructive trust / resulting trust claims (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Defending claim by lender on grounds including undue influence and misrepresentation (District Court of Queensland)
  • Claim for possession by mortgagee against mortgagor and guarantor (County Court of Victoria)
  • Claim against lender seeking to set aside securities (Supreme Court of New South Wales)
  • Claim against solicitor for professional negligence (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Defending claim by manufacturer of faulty photovoltaic system (County Court of Victoria)
  • Defending claim by ASIC for failure to lodge annual returns (Magistrates’ Court of Victoria)
  • Claim against director for breach of fiduciary duties (Supreme Court of Victoria)
  • Defending unfair preference claim by liquidators (Supreme Court of Victoria)

From time to time, Joel conducts seminars for the Law Institute of Victoria for senior lawyers seeking LIV Accredited Specialisation in Commercial Litigation.

Joel read with mentor Peter Wallis and his senior mentor was Tim North QC.

Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • International Arbitration


  • Civil Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • Property & Probate
  • Transport Law

Equity & Trusts

  • Real Property

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Employment Contracts

Technology Law & Media Law

From 27 May 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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