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Joshua Fetherstonhaugh


Joshua is a Special Counsel in the Melbourne Dispute Resolution and Litigation Group. Joshua joined Holding Redlich in February 2020, having previously practiced for over eight years at a highly regarded boutique litigation firm in Perth, Western Australia.

He has extensive experience in commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, building and construction, property, insolvency, trusts and land acquisition compensation matters.

He acts for a broad range of clients, including large corporate entities, high net wealth individuals, company directors, developers, building and construction companies, contractors, consultants and local government.

Joshua has represented clients in disputes in various forums, including the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Courts of Western Australia and Victoria, the County Court of Victoria, the District Court of Western Australia, the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

Joshua’s key focuses are to:

  • understand and promote his clients’ objectives
  • provide commercial strategic legal advice
  • resolve disputes in the most efficient and cost effective manner for his clients.


Since being admitted to practice in August 2012, Joshua has acted on a number of complex disputes including:

  • acting in defence of a claim commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia against a Perth based construction company, in relation to a block of luxury apartments constructed on the East Perth foreshore. The plaintiff developer claimed that construction defects prevented the apartments from being sold. Claim and counterclaim dealt with identification and quantification of alleged construction defects, liquidated damages claims and EOT claims
  • advice to local government in relation to claim against a builder that was contracted to construct a $12m surf lifesaving club
  • acting in defence of a claim brought by a developer against a Perth based construction company in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Claim related to alleged construction defects existing to a logistics warehouse constructed by the client builder
  • advising and representing a large corporate entity in relation to a land acquisition compensation claim commenced against a state government department in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • advising a high net worth individual in relation to land acquisition compensation arising from the compulsory acquisition by a state government department of commercially zoned land located in Perth, Western Australia 
  • interlocutory injunction advice to subcontractor involved in the construction of the Roy Hill Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
  • advice to a high net worth client in opposing a pre-action discovery application commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • acting in defence of a claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria in relation to a claim for breach of retainer and breach of fiduciary duties.