You’ve almost certainly heard the saying, “there’s no substitute for experience”. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and completely true when it comes to the legal arena. Dispute resolution, in particular, can often only be successfully navigated by a legal professional who’s been around and seen the lot… so it’s a smart idea to engage someone like Joe De Ruvo. Joe has built a formidable reputation over more than 40 years, managing large and complex disputes by formulating innovative strategies and offering astute, perceptive advice to achieve successful outcomes.

When you have access to Joe’s expertise, you’ll see how quickly and cost-effectively dispute resolution can be done, often deftly avoiding expensive litigation. However, if your matter does head to court, Joe’s four decades on the scene help to ensure the right strategies are in place and aimed squarely at the best possible outcome.

Joe has been involved in some of the largest, most complex and longest-running proceedings in Australia, including many matters in the High Court – one of which resulted in a law change on causation and foreseeability in negligence claims. This precedent is one of many successes that put Joe at the cutting edge of his craft.

Even now, after so long in practice, Joe still enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. His experience encompasses commercial disputes of all kinds for businesses operating in a diverse range of industries and market sectors. He can help you with contractual disputes, trust disputes, corporations law disputes, banking and finance, competition and consumer law issues, professional indemnity, government litigation and advisory and insolvency litigation.

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June 27, 2024 Massive Fines Loom for Supermarkets as Food and Grocery Code of Conduct Set to Become Mandatory
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
June 18, 2024 Federal Court of Australia Provides Guidance on the Requirements for Licensees to Take Reasonable Steps
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
June 04, 2024 The Importance of an Appropriate AFSL
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
May 27, 2024 Celebrating Our Inclusion in the Inaugural Edition of the Best Law Firms Awards
Firm News
April 02, 2024 Introducing DW Fox Tucker Lawyers Newest Director
Firm News Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
October 30, 2023 DW Fox Tucker Lawyers Gains an Engineering Edge with the Arrival of Rising Star
Firm News Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
September 26, 2023 DW Fox Tucker Lawyers Welcomes Helene Chryssidis as Director
Firm News Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
June 30, 2021 Jurisdiction Clauses: A Primer
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
December 16, 2020 Building and Construction Contracts: The Importance of Good Contract Administration
Corporate & Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Property
December 16, 2020 Debt Recovery and Maximising Costs Recoveries
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
April 23, 2020 COVID-19: Changes in the Court System You Need to Know About
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
April 17, 2020 COVID-19: Mandatory Code for Commercial Tenancies
March 26, 2020 Federal Government Announces Temporary Changes to Insolvency Laws
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
September 25, 2019 Good to Give
Firm News
June 21, 2019 Staff Profile: Joe DeRuvo
Staff Profiles
November 07, 2018 DW Fox Tucker & Bradbrook Lawyers: Two eminent employment law specialists join forces
Employment, Workplace Relations & Safety Workers Compensation & Self Insurance Firm News
July 04, 2018 Wills: Greedy v Needy
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency Wills & Estate Planning
July 04, 2018 Set-off Defence Gains Ground in Unfair Preference Claims
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
October 31, 2017 The Risks of Acting for/as Trustee Companies
Corporate & Commercial Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
October 31, 2017 Oppression Claims by Minority Shareholders
Dispute Resolution & Insolvency


Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession Listing:

Best Lawyers in Australia Listing:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – 2018

Corporate LiveWire Awards:

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year (Australia), 2014

Lawyers Weekly Awards

  • Managing Partner of the Year, National Finalist, 2011

What Client's Say

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


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


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

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

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


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