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Jessica is a Special Counsel in the Melbourne Dispute Resolution & Litigation team.

Jessica has acted for large corporations in multi-party disputes and for smaller companies, businesses and individuals. Jessica brings a wealth of legal experience gained from working in private practice at a top tier national law firm, international experience working as a lawyer in a London based litigation firm, and in-house as a lawyer for a global insurer and private investment company.

Jessica has been listed as a rising star by Doyle's Guide in the 2023 Commercial Litigation, Insolvency & Dispute Resolution Law rankings.


Jessica is experienced in the following areas:

Insurance litigation and insurance advice

  • advising on the merits of denial or acceptance of indemnity by insurers under commercial  insurance policies, both within Australia and under global policies
  • advising on the operation and application of terms of insurance contracts
  • advising on COVID-19 type exclusion clause in business interruption policies of insurance
  • expertise in the assessment, management and settlement of large complex claims under the following lines of insurance:
  • directors’ and officers’ liability insurance
  • professional indemnity
  • management liability
  • employment practices liability
  • commercial crime.
  • advising on COVID-19 type exclusion clause in business interruption policies of insurance.

Contractual disputes

  • advising clients on complex contractual disputes
  • advising and representing a company in a litigated dispute over organic farming technology and the application and interpretation of intellectual property licences and broader contractual relationships and joint ventures between multiple parties and jurisdictions
  • drafting and negotiating terms of  product supply and licensing agreements for the use and purchase of technology and intellectual property
  • advising a SAP consulting and solutions company in a dispute over terms in a master service agreement governing the contractual relationship, involving multiple complicated work streams and including disputed change request processes for delay.

White collar crime and fraud

  • defence of white collar crime prosecutions
  • advising and acting for local and overseas clients where property, assets and bank accounts have been restrained by the Commissioner for the Australia Federal Police under the Proceeds of Crimes Act
  • advising and acting for companies, directors and shareholders in claims of suspected misappropriation of funds.

Directors, officers and shareholder disputes

  • acting for and against directors for breach of director duties
  • misleading and deceptive conduct
  • breach of shareholder agreements
  • oppression proceedings.

Corporations Act

  • acting for government regulators in investigations under the Corporations Act and ASIC Act
  • advising companies, including the board and individual directors and officers, in connection with their general duties and obligations imposed upon them by the Corporations Act
  • advising companies with internal investigations into possible fraud by directors, officers and/or employees including strategies for recovery which often includes preparing briefs of evidence supporting the alleged contraventions of relevant legislation. In more serious cases informing and working with the relevant authorities such as AFP and ASIC
  • assisting companies and directors and officers to comply with ASIC Notice obligations under the ASIC Act. This includes assisting with the interpretation of the scope of the obligation to produce books under sections 30 and 33 and assisting examinees in the preparation for and attendance at section 19 private examinations. 

General commercial litigation

Jessica seeks to achieve a commercial resolution for clients, resorting to litigation only after alternative modes of dispute resolution such as negotiation and mediation are exhausted. However, Jessica is very experienced in pursuing client claims in formal litigation in the County, Supreme and Federal Courts should the need arise.


13 September 2023 - Knowledge

Timely reminder to directors that your responsibilities do not end when a liquidator is appointed

#Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Corporate & Commercial Law

ASIC’s recent decision to ban a director who was involved in three failed companies is a timely reminder to directors that their responsibilities do not end after the appointment of a liquidator.

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