Jennifer Chambers is an accomplished commercial litigator whose practice is focused on officer liability and corporate governance issues, including ESG matters. She regularly acts for individual directors, executives, 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 in acting for clients across the financial services and energy, mining, and resources industries.
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 incidents and 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.
Jennifer is chair of the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Working Group for Australia. Throughout her career, Jennifer has provided pro bono legal services to a diverse client base. She also has served as a director on the board of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter.
Before joining Jones Day, Jennifer practised as a commercial equity barrister at the Sydney bar from 2006 - 2013.
Jennifer's experience at the Bar included:
- Tabet v Gett (2010) 240 CLR 537 - Appeared in a landmark case before the High Court of Australia concerning the loss of a chance and damages claim for loss of opportunity (led by B Walker SC and J Lonergan (as her Honour then was)).
- Radio 2UE Sydney Pty Ltd v Chesterton (2009) 238 CLR 460 - Acted for Radio 2UE in a case in which the High Court clariid that the common law test for defamation applies to an imputation concerning any aspect of a person's reputation, including the person's professional or business reputation (led by R McHugh SC).
- 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.
- University of New South Wales (LL.M. 2020); 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: recognized in Litigation (2021 and 2022)