A no-nonsense approach to the complexities of workers compensation.

John Walsh


Workers compensation is an integral part of every Australian business, and yet despite every employer having to comply with the State, Territory or Commonwealth legislation, the confusing legal aspects of workers compensation can often leave you feeling out of your depth.

What’s more, finding a legal firm with specialist knowledge of workers compensation and general employment related issues from the employer’s perspective is rare: engaging a lawyer who can explain it in straight forward terms is even less common. Fortunately, few understand the workplace space better than John Walsh.

With John on your team, your business will benefit from more than 40 years direct workers compensation experience, from a professional who is considered to be the state’s leading authority on self insurance, SA’s Return to Work scheme and all aspects of the workers compensation arena. He heads our Workers Compensation & Self Insurance team and is held in high regard by our clients for his foresight expertise, and commercial approach.

John’s reputation for no airs, graces or ego make him a favourite with clients. His no-nonsense approach enables him to work closely with you in the successful management of workers compensation claims and he will ensure a smooth transition to becoming self-insured, across the State Scheme or Comcare, if that is your ambition.

John is also one of those unique individuals who believe in being prepared for any issues before they arise. And because he believes in dealing with matters quickly to head off difficulties further down the track and contain costs, his pro-activity is considered a significantly powerful asset — one that your business would be shrewd to fully utilise.

In essence John will provide:

  • The advice;
  • The strategy; and
  • Outcome management for employers workplace issues.

John's Expertise

Workers Compensation & Self Insurance

Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety

Health & Aged Care

What Clients Say

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
Group Manager, Self-Insurance Unit, Teys Australia
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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
GM Safety, Health, Enviro, QA and Claims Manager - Philmac
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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
Manager, Corporate Services AG Security Group
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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 DWFoxTucker. 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



DOYLESGUIDE-LOGO2_000Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listing:
Preeminent Workers Compensation Lawyer (Defendant) – South Australia, Since 2015

Leading Dust Diseases Liability Lawyers (Defendant) – South Australia, 2018

Best Lawyers in Australia Listing:

Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2020

Occupational Health & Safety, 2017, 2018 & 2020

Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Since 2019

Personal Injury Litigation, Since 2019


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