Expert AdvisorNational Lead - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Lead: National Lead - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Phone: 1800 959 885
Mobile: 0408 020 799
Reviews, Investigations and Inquiries experience
Underpinning Jessica’s review and investigation skillset is her significant coronial inquest experience as both an externally appointed solicitor.
Jessica has acted on behalf of private health sector clients and internally managing and co-ordinating inquest involvement on behalf of the Department of Defence.
Specific Review experience includes assisting the Review Leaders on the DLA Piper Review of Allegations of Sexual and Other Abuse in Defence.
Jessica played a lead role in:
- Assessing and investigating the veracity of claims (including whether they fell within the Terms of Reference)
- Co-ordinating and managing the most serious allegations and responses to potential victims.
- Evidentiary documents.
In this role, Jessica:
- Compiled data and content for the report(s) ultimately delivered to the Minister of Defence
- Dealt directly with Defence personnel of all ranks
- Formed conclusions about sites of alleged abuse
- Managed workflow and information between legal advisers, Defence and the Minister
- Obtained and co-ordinated evidentiary documents from different sources
- Obtained statements.
This involved liaising with communication teams and co-ordinating and dealing with media and public enquiries regarding sensitive and high-profile issues.
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!