Expert AdvisorNational Lead - Litigation
Lead: National Lead - Litigation
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Legal secondments experience
Jessica enjoys the challenges, and has the special skillset required, to excel on secondment.
Notable secondments during Jessica’s career include assisting the Department of Defence in managing several large-scale class actions relating to Defence’s alleged historic use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
Such work involved managing discovery, settling and providing instructions on all court documents, correspondence, briefs of evidence, reports and the like.
The role also included regular internal and external reporting including reports to the Minister of Defence, the Attorney General and the Office of Legal Services Coordination.
During this time, Jessica also assisted with the preparation of various media releases.
Jessica is familiar with the needs of Commonwealth clients including reporting requirements such as Question Time Briefs, Senate Estimates and high-profile public interest enquiries.
Jessica is adept at drafting succinct, explanatory statements and enjoys working within tight timeframes.
Jessica assists her clients in achieving the best possible outcomes on matters.
Jessica has received positive feedback for her ability to quickly and succinctly grapple with the real issues in dispute, co-ordinate and chair meetings and establish transparent workflow.
Jessica is a highly regarded litigation and dispute resolution lawyer who assists clients with some of their most complex and novel disputes.
Jessica is sought after for her ability to manage and co-ordinate large litigation teams, strategise creatively and persuasively negotiate at all stages of a matter.
Jessica is known for her practical advice and smart management of matters from start to finish.
Jessica has spent many years as a generalist litigator and an insurance defence lawyer.
Jessica has worked on and held key roles in a number of large, high-profile matters and reviews including the DLA Piper Review of Allegations of Sexual and Other Abuse in Defence.
Jessica has advised and represented clients in a variety of areas including coronial inquests, general liability, professional indemnity, historic sexual abuse, defamation, regulatory enforcement and breach of contract.
Jessica has experience drafting and reviewing court documents and advising with respect to complex litigation strategy.
She also has experience overseeing, co-ordinating and advising with respect to internal litigation management and processes.
Jessica’s co-operative and personal approach allows her to excel in building strong relationships with internal and external government stakeholders.
Jessica is sought after by her clients for her approachable and collaborative manner, and her outcome-focused pragmatic commercial advice.
Jessica is married to Richard and together with their firstborn, Percy the Cat and daughter, Phoebe, they love family adventures, kicking or throwing a ball around and spending quality time with family and friends – that’s what life is all about!