Admitted to practice 1975
Queen’s Counsel 1990

About

Jonathan Wells is a practising barrister. He holds law degrees from the University of Adelaide (LLB, 1974) and from Oxford University (BCL, 1977). He was called to the independent Bar in 1979, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.

He appears in all jurisdictions, including State Supreme Courts, the Federal Court of Australia, and the High Court of Australia. He is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, most often in commercial and equity matters, public law (administrative and native title) and professional negligence. These days his involvement in the criminal jurisdiction is limited to appeals.

His professional commitments include legal education, access to justice, and lawyers’ ethics. He has been a member of the South Australian Bar Association since 1979, and was its President from 2003 to 2006.

Professional Memberships

  • South Australian Bar Association — President (2003-2006); Member of Council; Criminal Law Committee (Chair) (-2013)
  • Law Society of South Australia

Practice Areas

Appellate
  • Civil and Commercial
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
Commercial
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building and Construction
  • Competition
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Securities and Investments
  • Transport Law — Admiralty / Aviation / Maritime
Common Law
  • Appellate
  • Conflict of Laws / Choice of Law
  • Insurance — Disability Claims
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Work Injury Damages
Criminal Law
  • Appellate
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Work Health and Safety
Employment and Industrial Law
  • Appellate
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts and Restraint of Trade
  • Work Health and Safety
Equity
  • Appellate.
  • Real Property
  • Succession
  • Trusts
Family Law
  • Appellate
  • Property
Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Administrative Law and Judicial Review
  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Compulsory Acquisition of Land
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Assets Confiscation
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination
  • Freedom of Information
  • Mental Illness and Incapacity
  • Mining
  • Native Title
Taxation
  • Land Tax
  • Payroll Tax
  • Stamp Duty and Other State Taxes
  • Valuation of Land — Rating and Taxing Appeals