Jennifer practises in Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement, undertaking various criminal investigations and prosecutions for a number of government departments and agencies in connection with legislation including the Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009, the Architects Act 1991, the Meat Industry Act 1993, the Seafood Safety Act 2003, the Major Sporting Events Act 2009, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 and the Local Government Act 1989.
As part of those criminal investigations, she collates evidence, takes witness statements and advises clients on the prospects of success in the relevant prosecution and on other related matters, such as suppression/non-publication orders and statutory interpretation. Jennifer has developed a depth of experience in all aspects of criminal procedure across a range of jurisdictions. She is able to assist clients with filing charges, drafting Summaries of Offences, compiling Prosecution Briefs, and appearing in all administrative and substantive stages of criminal proceedings.
Jennifer is originally from Northern Ireland and qualified as a solicitor in September 2000 and emigrated to Australia in December 2005.
Jennifer has also previously acted and appeared in numerous civil litigation matters in the County Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (and their equivalents in Northern Ireland and in England).
Before joining the VGSO in January 2010, she worked as a Solicitor, Senior Solicitor and Associate for various private firms in different jurisdictions, from a top tier English firm to a niche Commercial and Building Litigation firm in Northern Ireland.
Memberships and professional associations
Law Institute of Victoria