Jen has joined Doughty Street to contribute to a broad range of chambers’ practice areas, including media law, public law, international law and extradition.
Prior to joining chambers, Jen was a solicitor in the media and international team at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, acting in key freedom of speech and freedom of information cases on behalf of media organisations, journalists and human rights organisations. She advised on a wide range of media law issues, including defamation, privacy, contempt, freedom of information, national security and reporting restrictions, and intervened regularly on behalf of the media in strategic cases before UN bodies, the European Court of Human Rights and the English courts. Jen has advised individuals, states and international organisations on public international law, extradition and human rights issues and has given expert evidence to the UN. She has also worked as a judicial associate.
Alongside legal practice, Jen has taught at the University of Sydney on the social justice clinical program. She also created the Bertha Justice Initiative, a global program and network to support emerging lawyers into public interest law, providing support and advice to lawyers conducting strategic public law and human rights litigation. She has a key interest in comparative constitutional and human rights jurisprudence.
Jen serves on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Law Association, the advisory board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and is a trustee of Article 19. She is also a founding board member of the Grata Fund, Australia’s first independent public interest litigation fund. She has conducted trial observation and human rights missions for the International Bar Association in Malaysia and Syria.
Jen is a contributing author to media law texts Borrie and Lowe: The Law of Contempt (2010, 4th edition) and Philip Coppel QC, Information Rights and Practice (2014, 4th edition).
Called to the Bar of England and Wales (2016)
Solicitor of England and Wales (2016)
Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia (2006)
LLB (First Class Honours), Australian National University
BA Asian Studies (Distinguished Scholar), Australian National University
BCL (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford
MPhil in Public International Law, Balliol College, Oxford
UK Attorney-General Pro Bono Hero
University Medal in Law, Australian National University
Attorney-General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law
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