Jessica is a Managing Principal Solicitor practising predominantly in human rights at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. In this role Jessica provides advice on the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act and other human rights issues for a variety of Departments and agencies. She also assists with the drafting of Statements of Compatibility for various clients and is responsible for the management of litigation matters in which human rights issues have been raised, including the recent High Court case of Momcilovic. Jessica performs this role in conjunction with Catherine Roberts.
Jessica began her career at the Commonwealth Department of Finance & Administration in Canberra, working in the Legislative Review Branch on legal policy for the government’s financial framework. This provided her with an in-depth understanding of the workings of government and stimulated her interest in government law.
She then moved to the Australian Government Solicitor and worked in the employment and administrative law team where she primarily worked on Administrative Appeals Tribunal matters and unfair dismissal cases. Jessica also provided advice to a variety of government clients on a wide range of public law matters. Highlights included working on the WorkChoices matter and the Combet Industrial Relations Advertising matter, both of which were heard in the High Court of Australia.
In 2007, Jessica transferred to Melbourne to the Trade Practices and Enforcement team, working on the high-profile Visy case.
Jessica has completed her Masters in Law, specialising in International Law, at the Australian National University.
- Law Institute of Victoria