Joshua Aylward is a Practice Leader of the Class Action team in our Brisbane office, where he specialises in environmental, financial and competition litigation.
Joshua is recognised at the forefront of class action litigation with over 15 years’ experience advising a diverse range of clients. Joshua has an aptitude for handling complex and nuanced cases having worked with domestic and international litigation funders in a wide variety of litigation and dispute resolution matters. Joshua's exceptional litigation ability saw him recognised as one of Lawyerly's Litigation Rising Stars in 2021.
Joshua has worked with some of the world’s leading technical, scientific and economic experts on highly complicated and emerging scientific issues and is considered a trusted adviser and relentless litigator in the highly technical class actions area.
During his time at Shine, Joshua has brought actions against large corporations as well as federal, state and local governments. Of recent note is the settlement of the Hudson & Ors v Commonwealth of Australia and Bartlett & Anor v Commonwealth of Australia class actions for the towns of Oakey (QLD) and Katherine (NT) against the Department of Defence for the historic use of firefighting foam. These proceedings, in conjunction with the Williamtown proceedings, settled for $212.5 million. This settlement was Australia's largest class action settlement of 2020.
In April 2020, Josh commenced a class action (Haswell & Anor v Commonwealth of Australia) against the Department of Defence on behalf of a further seven communities – Bullsbrook (WA), Darwin (NT), Townsville (QLD), Richmond (NSW), Wagga Wagga (NSW), Wodonga (Vic) and Edinburgh (SA) for approximately 30,000 residents. In February 2021, he also commenced a class action on behalf of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in the Jervis Bay Territory against the Commonwealth, which includes the first class action claim for cultural and spiritual loss.