We understand how challenging it can be selecting the right legal provider to support you, your family or your business. Rather than relying on what we say, you can gain a sense of the type of service and value we provide by scrolling down and reading what some of our great clients have said about DW Fox Tucker.

I have personally worked with John Walsh and his team over the last two decades. Further several of my staff members have routinely engaged with him.

We have collectively found DW’s (Fox Tucker) to be highly professional in their conduct of ‘people risk’ matters. Importantly there is a healthy and realistic pragmatism to their assessment of issues and offering of advice. This translates into ‘good strategy’ either on individual file matters or more strategic issues often involving organisational structures, policy, practice and procedure and resourcing.

They also are very good in working in a collaborative fashion with third party advisor firms like ours. This sees deadlines being met, outcomes being achieved, and clients being satisfied with overall results. 

Personally, I look forward to further engagements with them (and in particular John) into the future. It is always pleasing to have a good support partner alongside!

Robert Wood

Managing Director, RiskTech (Aust) Pty Ltd

Joe De Ruvo stepped up for me at a time and cost not favourable for him and his team. He stepped up to act for me in a moment of business/personal vulnerability for myself and Partners. This was involved a determination for the “fight” and for justice. Joe was true to his word of fighting for an outcome on a fixed fee and he duly delivered in spades. We can get on with our business now and know that Joe looked after us and the defendant didn’t get away with it. 

Pat Mannix

Paris Financial

I have found DW Fox Tucker’s work absolutely first rate with an emphasis on minimising costs. I have established an extremely good working relationship with John and the rest of the team, and their advices are clear and concise with relevant legal precedents. Their ability to meet legislative time frames and go the “extra yard” to assist our staff in the performance of their legislative duties during the initial stages of our Self-Insurance licence has been a major factor in our successful re-application, and I have always found John and his team available and happy to discuss claims management. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to any prospective client.

John Dacey

Teys Australia

I cannot speak highly enough of Jonathan Ikonomopoulos and the team at DW Fox Tucker Lawyers. As a long-standing client, I have sought their legal expertise on a range of matters, including building and construction, employment law, defamation and commercial disputes. Throughout all our interactions, Jonathan has been incredibly professional, responsive, and focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for me and my business. I have always felt that I am in good hands with his team, and their advice has been invaluable in protecting my reputation and interests. If you’re looking for a team of dedicated and knowledgeable lawyers, then look no further than DW Fox Tucker.

Paul Ling

Selecta Homes

On a strong recommendation from a friend who engaged the services of DW Fox Tucker and more specifically Mrs Joanne Cliff, I reached out seeking her expertise in my separation matter.

From my first appointment with Joanne I just knew I made the right choice. Fighting a well heeled ex mother in law who was bank rolling the ex wife, I needed someone who was at the top of their game. Joanne was more than up for the challenge and systematically pushed back on their unrealistic demands during the negotiations process.

I was of the opinion that we would not be able to avoid a lengthy court battle to achieve a fair outcome. I believe Joanne’s tenacity and superior knowledge of the family law act had an impact on the other parties younger less experienced legal representation. This was quite obvious during the mediation sessions where Joanne was so assertive and refuted the other parties arguments almost instantaneously on the spot, nearly every single time. Was I glad that she was in my corner.

Joanne achieved an outcome I could only have dreamed of, that being a costly court battle. It didn’t stop there, Joanne achieved an incredibly fair division of assets acquired during the 16 year marriage. Quite simply I could not believe the outcome.

I cannot recommend Joanne and her firm highly enough, you often hear of the horror stories when it comes to settlement. Not in my case Joanne achieved a very fair and equitable outcome, I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Matthew Odgers

Elston needed a new approach to our legal representation in commercial matters concerning business protection. Joe, Helene and the team at DW Fox Tucker have provided that ‘can do’ attitude matched with genuine legal knowledge and expertise. In the arena of litigation, in particular, Joe and Helene’s experience, resourcefulness and perceptive insights have been invaluable. I highly recommend the services of DW Fox Tucker without reservation.

Ben McNamara


Recently, Brett Thorneycroft and his M&A team assisted us with securing a large project involving the acquisition of multiple assets, transfer of staff and ongoing management and licencing agreements. AV&M’s client was a large international investment fund, and the commercial documentation and interactions with the various parties involved with the project were complex.

This project involved work that was fast-paced, complex and technical. From the outset, Brett and his team provided exceptional service and worked tirelessly to meet tight deadlines and changing circumstances. This often involved late nights and weekend work, all of which was completed efficiently and effectively.

Brett’s skills, experience and counsel were of great value and with the support from his team, assisted us in successfully completing the transaction.

AV&M has worked with the DW Fox Tucker team for many years on a range of matters including commercial, tax, property, employment, workers compensation and IP and we would have no hesitation in recommending DW Fox Tucker to anyone looking for trusted legal advisors.

Matt Alexander

Advanced Viticulture & Management

It is my pleasure to provide this testimonial for Sandy Donaldson. My company, Police Health has engaged with Sandy and his team for the last 20 years and the length of that relationship speaks volumes for its value to the company and the individuals who have had the pleasure of working with him. Sandy really believes in ensuring the best outcome for his clients and the energy and expertise that he applies to his work is second to none. Sandy (and I ) clearly enjoy building relationships that are based on trust and respect, this relationship allows for frank and open dialogue, teamwork and high level engagement. All of these qualities are essential to an optimal outcome.

Peter Shanahan

Police Health

Maritime Constructions is a turnkey provider uniquely capable of self-performing the full spectrum of specialised marine, civil and mechanical disciplines to deliver complex marine infrastructure projects from design and engineering through to commissioning. Projects include jetties, wharves, boat ramps, marinas, dredging, navigation aids, underwater pipelines, etc. The company operates to an Integrated Management System (IMS) that is ISO accredited for Quality, Environment and Occupational Health & Safety.

We first sought the services of William Esau and his team in 2013 to assist with various commercial matters that were important to the continued growth of our business. From the first meeting, we were impressed with not only the professionalism and knowledge of William and his team, but also William’s personable and pragmatic approach. This was very important to our business.

On that basis, our relationship has evolved over the years, and we now consider William and the team at DW Fox Tucker Lawyers to be our trusted advisors – using them for commercial, tax, property, employment and workers compensation advice.

We have no hesitation in recommending William and his team to anyone seeking clear, concise and commercial advice.

Simon Giessauf

Maritime Constructions Pty Ltd

I have engaged Amy Bishop from DW Fox Tucker a number of times seeking expert advice.

On all occasions, I have been provided with timely advice that results in the best outcomes for my business. Amy’s commitment to understanding my business to ensure appropriate trade mark applications are lodged and enable their smooth passage and speedy early indication of success has been greatly appreciated. It’s always a pleasure doing business with Amy and the DW Fox Tucker team.

Sinéad O’Brien

Tinnitus Treatment

Amy’s attention to detail and the very concise way she captures our discussions about legal matters is fantastic.

Karen Holthouse

Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Inc

DW Fox Tucker was able to help me during one of the most stressful times in my life. Going through a separation, and not being able to locate critical trust documents through my accountant, they took my call, and from reception all the way to Amy they have been amazing. I was able to get my trust deed details updated for minimal cost, and have support to ensure that my trust fund was protected from future claims, in a very short space of time.

Thank you to Amy and the DW Fox Tucker team for always being available to help but knowing that you are not going to have a scary bill at the end!!


I decided to seek the advice of DW Fox Tucker’s specialist agribusiness team to assist with a complex commercial agreement. The agreement was going to be critical in opening our business to new sources of revenue, and it would cement our position as a market leader for years to come. From the very first meeting, I was very impressed with their knowledge of the grain industry and the professionalism they displayed in handling this matter. Brett and Victoria took the time to understand every aspect of my business and what I needed to achieve from this agreement. They were responsive, efficient and respectful – working with me every step of the way to achieve a terrific outcome. After such a great experience, I’ll have no hesitation in appointing DW Fox Tucker as my legal advisors for future legal matters.

Simon Koch

Dublin Clean Grain

I am the South Australian State Manager for Group TeamCover, managing Wesfarmer’s claims management shared service. DW Fox Tucker (formerly Donaldson Walsh) have been providing workers compensation legal services to Wesfarmers since 2005.

John and Patrick Walsh have extensive knowledge and experience and provide exceptional customer service to myself, my team and the many Wesfarmers’ brands. I have utilised John and Patrick’s expertise on specific claims management projects which has assisted with achieving our business outcomes. DW Fox Tucker provide value added services by way of training and newsletters that has positively assisted staff with their technical knowledge. I look forward to the continuing working relationship between Wesfarmers and DW Fox Tucker.

Sofia Mavratzas

Former State Manager SA - Wesfarmers Group TeamCover

After engaging DW Fox Tucker on a small local matter, we now deal exclusively with them. We’ve nothing but praise… The relationship at all levels extends beyond the traditional firm approach.

Neil Chappell

ZF Lemförder Australia Pty Ltd

The accolades DW Fox Tucker receive are no accident and highly deserved.

I have some insight into how lawyers and law firms operate and can say without any exaggeration that in my experience DW Fox Tucker are the best. Their lawyers are highly professional and super intelligent. I very much appreciate their work and the knowledge they share, which has helped me to become a better business owner.

Chris Harris


Making the decision to consult a lawyer is scary. To most of us the law is the law, we think it as a relatively simple line to follow, there is black and white, no shades of grey. After taking that step to hire a lawyer, you become exposed to a giant world of unknown and thousands of areas of grey. The law is not simple, it is not easy and it is confusing and overwhelming, and honestly its terrifying. Finding the perfect person to help you navigate this unknown is vital. Lecia is just this person. She is calm, patient and has an awe-inspiring level of understanding for the law, but also for human emotion. She navigated and helped us to negotiate a path through our messy legal battle. Lecia always ensured that we felt heard, that our voices mattered and were recognised by the opposing party. 

There was a significant amount of behind the scenes work that she handled and then would explain to us step by step so we felt included in the process. For 12 months, Lecia was part of our lives. For us, she went beyond the duty of just a lawyer, as our personal lives also included a high-risk pregnancy, on top of the law suit we decided to commence. 

Lecia is kind, caring, compassionate, a little scary (but in a good way), driven, knowledgeable and everything anyone would want when hiring a lawyer. We are incredibly lucky to have had her on our side, and are beyond grateful for all she did for us.

Ryan and Allora Skurray

I have worked with Mark Minarelli from DW Fox Tucker Lawyers on a number of matters since 2011. I found Mark to be friendly, competent and we have a very good working relationship. He has always acted in my and my client’s best interest, his advice has always been considered and practical. His knowledge and experience demonstrated over the years allow me to recommend him to others who may wish to use his and DW Fox Tucker’s services.

Robert Crane ACA

Wise Owl Financial

Lecia Wood and DW Fox Tucker Lawyers have been instrumental in assisting our company, the DiMauro Group, with leasing and property disputes across multiple states. Specialising in proceedings involving shopping centres, their expertise has been invaluable in advising on various complex matters.

From addressing enforcement of arrears by tenants to handling guarantee claims, statutory demands, winding-up applications, and contentious property disputes stemming from the sale of shopping centres, Lecia Wood and DW Fox Tucker Lawyers have consistently demonstrated their depth of knowledge and commitment to our legal needs.

Their approach is characterised by thoroughness, efficiency, and transparency. We appreciate their clear communication regarding anticipated costs and time frames, providing us with a high level of confidence and trust in their legal representation.

Michael DiMauro

DiMauro Group of Companies

Our family decided to engage Sandy Donaldson at DW Fox Tucker Lawyers to assist us with navigating a very complex estate and succession planning process involving multiple businesses, land holdings and other interests that required the creation of numerous legal documents relating to business structuring, trusts, shareholdings, control of assets, taxation of assets, future family care needs and other family arrangements. 

Having relied on DW Fox Tucker to help grow and protect our family’s business interests for many years now, it was a logical step to engage their specialist expertise for personal matters, and we’re so glad we did. Sandy’s ability to interpret complex issues and, in collaboration with us, come up with legal solutions that we had never considered possible was incredibly impressive. We also really appreciated the respectful way he handled such a sensitive matter for our family. 

Whilst it was a difficult process to undertake, it is reassuring to know the appropriate measures are now in place to ensure that when the time comes, there is a smooth transition that respects our wishes to the next generation of our family.

Sandy is clearly a brilliant lawyer, and we have no hesitation in recommending his and DW Fox Tucker’s services to others who need assistance with complex estate and succession planning matters.

Andrew and Julie Koch

As dedicated health and safety practitioners, we seek the services of professionals who are not only the best in their field, but those who share our values and sense of fairness. As long-standing clients of DW Fox Tucker, we have relied on their expertise to resolve complex issues efficiently and ongoing advice to ensure that we as employers understand our obligations in this ever-changing environment, a speciality of this firm. The industry recognition and respect amongst their peers is a testament to the culture and professionalism of the team at DW Fox Tucker, and the support so generously given to South Australian business is reflective of what they stand for.

Craig Hayter and Sue Wolstenholme


Being a national business and market leader, it has been essential for Metropolitan and associated companies, to align with a proactive legal entity that is able to provide support for all facets of our business.

Over 10 years of working together, we have found Joseph and his team of legal specialists at DW Fox Tucker have excelled at every occasion we have required their services, giving us our desired result each time.

David Ellingsen

Metropolitan Plumbing Electrical Air Conditioning

I have known Mark for many years and he has handled all my family’s legal matters for over a decade. He is extremely attentive to detail and efficient in answering all queries in a timely manner. He is thorough and trustworthy and always respectful and professional. I have been very happy with his services and will continue to deal with Mark and his legal team in the future.

Andrea Gonis

We really enjoy working with John Walsh and his team in managing our workers compensation matters. They are professional and practical in working towards achieving our commercial objectives. In addition to their experience, capabilities and excellent client service, we really do value their ongoing accessibility, responsiveness, efficiency and results focused approach.

One matter that they completed recently for us resulted in a significant return on investment for our organisation, I genuinely believe that the reason we achieved such a positive outcome was because we had partnered with DW Fox Tucker. I can highly recommend the firm’s services and we will continue to work with them.

Tyson O’Connell

AG Security Group

Over the space of more than 40 years, Mark Minarelli has acted for our family in all legal matters from property purchases for our business and other business and private matters, wills for my wife and I (with as-needed updates) and all other legal matters. We have valued his advice and highly recommend Mark and DW Fox Tucker Lawyers.

Allan and Roslyn Steffensen

We were very impressed by the professionalism, expertise, and team leadership qualities that Brett demonstrated in servicing our ongoing needs during our critical transaction. The transaction was the culmination of 30 plus years of hard work by myself and the Levett Engineering team in growing a South Australian company that supplied complex components to large US defence primes in the Aerospace sector.

Brett’s experience ensured that all the legal issues were taken care of while operating in conjunction with the Corporate Finance, Tax and Accounting teams. His ability to engage our team in a respectful and collaborative manner ensured sophisticated legal advice was easily understood so a clear path could be agreed upon to achieve the best possible outcome.

Brett and his team worked tirelessly to deal with the complex issues that cropped up during the transaction, and always ensured they were readily accessible to answer any queries. Their responsiveness and efficiency in communications and correspondence was first-class and in conjunction with their professional and practical approach, reassured us that our commercial objectives would always be achieved.

It was an absolute pleasure for us to work with Brett and his team throughout this long and quite complex sale process, and we have no hesitation in recommending him and DW Fox Tucker’s M&A team to others aspiring to sell their business.

Paul Levett

Levett Engineering

I would sincerely like to thank Lecia Wood from DW Fox Tucker Lawyers for her support in helping us through a difficult time.

Myself, along with my family are involved in an inheritance claim against my late Mother’s Estate which has been emotionally draining to say the least.

Lecia’s extensive professional knowledge has put my mind at ease and given me a sense of calmness working through our matter.

Lecia is responsive to my questions, keeps me well informed and delivers all information and documents on time.  Her guidance, patience and prompt communications are making this long, tedious process easier to deal with.

She explains strategies, recommendations, and procedures thoroughly and shows a strong desire to help.

Lecia has always shown a personal, compassionate, genuine, and caring nature and has given me reassurance whenever I’ve had overwhelming feelings of helplessness regarding our matter.

I would highly recommend engaging Lecia’s services, should you require a Special Council with a high level of expertise.  

She is a credit to your profession and a valuable asset to your company.

Thank you once again Lecia Wood.

Toni Centofanti

It’s a pleasure to know Helene Chryssidis. She is relaxed, easy to communicate with and highly knowledgeable about the law. Our matter was dealt with efficiently and resolved quickly. Unfortunately, the matter also involved family members and Helene navigated the scenario professionally and put our minds at ease. Helene is trustworthy and sincere. We can’t thank her enough and have no hesitation to recommend her. We are also very pleased to see her elevated to Partner at the Firm.

Benjamin Eden


DW Fox Tucker Lawyers has provided tremendous legal support to our company for many years, so it was without hesitation that we decided to seek their help to manage our personal affairs as well. Our key contact, Amy Bishop, put us in touch with Sandy Donaldson to discuss estate planning matters that would ensure the future needs of our family were met. From the first meeting, we felt at ease with Sandy, who was always very professional and respectful. He diligently worked through our family's requirements and the various legal options that would protect our interests and ensure our children's future needs were well cared for.

It is no surprise that Sandy is widely regarded as one of the best lawyers in South Australia for his fields of law. We highly recommend him and DW Fox Tucker Lawyers to anyone seeking advice for complex estate planning matters.

James and Natalie Devenport

We needed to finalise the workers compensation claim of a family member that had ended in tragedy. We were angry and grieving over what had happened and were unsure of how to proceed. The other party was hostile and seemed to hold all the cards. John Walsh had been recommended to us by another professional in the workers compensation field.

From the very first phone call, John Walsh and his team were professional and approachable every step of the way. We needed to be heard and John’s team took the time to listen to us and keep us informed of processes and steps taken.

John and the team navigated what became an emotionally fraught and difficult case. We never felt abandoned, pushed aside, over-ridden or ‘managed’ by anyone in DW Fox Tucker. Every person we dealt with from the receptionist, to other members of the legal team and John Walsh himself, was welcoming, respectful and professional. John and his team succeeded and the case outcome was well above and beyond what we hoped for. We thank John Walsh and his team for taking the case on, for being fearless and standing for us when we couldn’t. We cannot commend John Walsh and the team at DW Fox Tucker highly enough.

T Sharrock & L Coleman

I have come to know Joe De Ruvo of DW Fox Tucker Lawyers through unfortunate circumstances, but I am very fortunate to have met him. His support and guidance during a difficult time is very hard to value, but I know that it has brought me great comfort. Feeling that your best interests are being represented at all times is very reassuring.

As well as having a great heart, he has a great mind, and he would be hard to go past if you ever were in need of a legal hand.

Scott Tolhurst

In October 2016, I was in the process of setting up my own business in Adelaide for the first time and needed extensive legal support. I approached DW Fox Tucker knowing they are good, but they turned out to be better than my expectations. Eddy Nehme, their representative, was very transparent with me regarding the laws and procedures. I was impressed by his practical knowledge of law. He understood my difficulties and was patient and approachable. I highly recommend DW Fox Tucker for their professional work.

Hasan T. Anjum

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