Joshua Aylward is a Practice Leader of the Shine Lawyers Class Action team where he specialises in environmental, financial, competition and First Nations litigation.
Joshua is recognised at the forefront of class action litigation with over 15 years’ experience advising a diverse mix 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 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. He is most widely known for the Hudson and Bartlett cases, which involves thousands of residents of Oakey and Katherine communities who are bringing claims against the Department of Defence for wide-spread PFAS contamination. These class actions settled for $212.5M, the largest class action settlement in 2020.
In 2020 and 2021, Joshua commenced further proceedings against the Commonwealth for PFAS contamination in seven towns around Australia, and an indigenous community in Wreck Bay, Jervis Bay Territory.