Jennifer is the President of the Victorian Bar.
She is a highly respected and sought after advocate and advisor. She has had extensive experience in appearing before the High Court, the Federal Court and the superior State courts – mainly in revenue matters. She is the Immediate Past President of the Tax Bar Association.
She graduated with an honours degree in law and a commerce degree majoring in accounting from the University of Melbourne in 1987. She completed her articles with Blake & Riggall (now Ashurst) in 1988 and remained with that firm as a solicitor until moving to the Bar in 1991. She was appointed a QC in 2000.
With over 20 years' experience at the Bar (including 15 years as a silk), Jennifer is a trusted advisor to a range of large corporate clients. In addition to general income tax and R&D matters, she has vast experience in advising in relation to GST, FBT, pay-roll tax, land tax and other State taxes.
Jennifer is known for her collaborative approach to conducting major complex litigation, as well as for her clear and concise commercial opinions. She has a substantial practice in equity and trusts, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. She has assisted numerous not-for-profit entities to obtain or retain their tax concession charity status. She is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School teaching in the Melbourne Law Masters Program.
Jennifer is a director of the Law Council of Australia and has sat on the Law Council of Australia’s Tax Committee since 1991, sits on the ATO Public Advice and Guidance Panel and was a member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation from 2010 - 2013.
Jennifer is also the inaugural chair of the Law Council Not-for-Profit Practice and Charities committee, a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council.
MEMBERSHIP & ASSOCIATIONS
Director - Law Council of Australia;
Chair - Law Council Not-for-Profit Legal Practice and Charities committee
Director - Australian Charity Law Association;
Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors;
Immediate Past President - Tax Bar Association;
Member - Law Council of Australia Taxation Committee since 1991;
State Councillor, Victorian Division - Taxation Institute of Australia from 1997 until 2002;
Member - Superannuation Complaints Tribunal 2001 - 2003;
Law Council Representative on the Federal Court Users' Committee.