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 straightforward 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 of 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 makes 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 Featured Articles

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December 20, 2023 Seriously Injured Workers and the Obligation of Mutuality
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
October 19, 2023 Bridging the Gap: New Director Enhances Workers Compensation Practice
Firm News Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
September 27, 2023 Workers Compensation in South Australia: Has Malinauskas Kicked an Own Goal?
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
July 17, 2023 Section 18: A Solution Looking for a Problem
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
July 07, 2023 Significant Changes to the Obligation to Provide Suitable Employment Ahead
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
June 09, 2022 Return to Work SA’s Summer of Discontent May Soon Be Over
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
April 27, 2022 Another DW Fox Tucker “Best Lawyer” Joins the List & Two More Are “Ones to Watch”
Firm News
February 01, 2022 The Cost of Workers Compensation in an Ageing Workforce
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
December 16, 2021 Summerfield, Opioids and Rising Workers Compensation Premiums – What’s the Connection?
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
June 30, 2021 Workers Compensation, Health and Safety and COVID-19
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
May 14, 2021 Evaluating the Cause(s) of Impairments Comes Down to “Common Sense”
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
April 19, 2021 Best Lawyers Australia: Celebrating Excellence
Firm News
December 16, 2020 All for One and One for All!
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
April 22, 2020 Best Lawyers Recognises Nine of DW Fox Tuckers Finest
Firm News
April 10, 2020 Staff Profile: John Walsh
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance Staff Profiles
April 02, 2020 Managing Your Workforce in a Stand Down
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
February 26, 2020 The Opioid Crisis in Australia
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
February 12, 2020 Assessor or Adjudicator?
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
November 26, 2019 The Opioid Crisis in America
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance
November 21, 2019 Impairment Assessments and Section 22 of the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA)
Workers Compensation & Self Insurance


Law Council of Australia (Legal Practice) 

– Australian Law Management Group Committee

Law Society of South Australia 

– Ethics & Practice Committee

Port Adelaide Football Club 

– Chairman’s Club Member (AFL & SANFL)

Registered Employers Group (SA)

Self Insurers of South Australia 

– Associate Member


Doyle’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

What Client's 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

Teys Australia

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

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


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

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

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