Jennifer Chambers is a highly accomplished commercial litigator whose practice is focused on officer liability and corporate governance issues. She regularly acts for individual directors and boards of multinational and major domestic corporations in connection with high-value disputes and regulatory investigations and proceedings, including work health and safety matters. Jennifer has particular experience acting for clients across the financial services and energy and resources sectors.
Jennifer's experience includes: acting for banking executives and other company officers in regulatory investigations and proceedings; advising companies and directors with respect to potential criminal prosecutions and breach of directors' duties arising out of workplace fatalities; acting for the board of a significant mining company in relation to alleged breaches of directors' duties and oppression; advising a board with respect to the resolution of multibillion dollar claims against a public company that arose out of allegedly misleading or deceptive statements in a prospectus; and acting in complex cross-border insolvency disputes and schemes of arrangement.
Prior to Jones Day, Jennifer practiced as a commercial equity barrister for a number of years, appearing at first instance and on appeal throughout Australia's superior courts, including the High Court. She is a member of the Corporations Law Committee, Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has provided pro bono legal services to a diverse client base, including Afghan asylum seekers and indigenous youth. She also has served as a director on the board of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Before joining Jones Day, Jennifer practised as a commercial equity barrister. Her experience at the Bar included:
Appeared in a landmark case before the High Court concerning damages for loss of opportunity.
Acted for a company director in connection with an ASIC investigation, including the negotiation of an enforceable undertaking.
Appeared on behalf of a liquidator in seeking judicial advice in the NSW Supreme Court.
Obtained injunctive relief against a former director of a national engineering firm for alleged breach of contract and copyright infringement.
Australian High Court: Compulsory Examination of Employee not Tantamount to Compulsion of Corporate Accused
Compulsion of Employee Evidence That May Incriminate Corporate Employers: The High Court Deliberates
- Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD 2017); New South Wales Bar Practice Course (2007); University of Technology, Sydney (LL.B./B.A. with first class honours 2002)
- High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, and Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Best Lawyers in Australia (2021): Litigation