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Jenny Finlay-Jones

Partner

Newcastle

+61 2 4911 5427 +61 417 819 633

Jenny consistently achieves excellent results for her clients in commercial and construction disputes. She has successfully resolved major disputes in the commercial and industry sectors through mediation processes, avoiding ongoing protracted and costly litigation.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Jenny’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice includes acting for plaintiffs and defendants in disputes and recovery actions in state and federal jurisdiction courts and tribunals, as well as resolving disputes through commercial arbitration and mediation.

Her areas of expertise include building and construction disputes, injunctive relief, trade practices, equity, defamation, insolvency, commercial debt recoveries, administrative, strata, retirement village and environmental law.

Jenny has extensive experience in the District and Supreme Courts of NSW, the Land and Environment Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia.

After several years in private practice in Sydney, Jenny became a lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s Law School in civil litigation for more than a dozen years. There, her positions included Assistant Dean and Director of the Professional Program, a flagship clinical legal education course which integrates the Bachelor of Laws with the Diploma of Legal Practice. At the University’s Legal Centre, Jenny advised in public interest cases including the family of Cornelia Rau in its submission to the Commonwealth Inquiry. The story of Cornelia Rau is part of the inspiration for the 2020 ABC drama ‘Stateless’.

Jenny joined our leading Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in 2007 and is admitted to practise in NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Jenny is well regarded as a leader in her particular fields of law. She understands her clients’ need for clear, practical legal advice and the quick resolution of commercial disputes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jenny conducted a complex multi-party litigation action where major oil companies were involved in disputing a multi-million dollar government claim for excise in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 

She has delivered numerous training courses and seminars, including for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

A Novocastrian, Jenny was the first ever Youth Lord Mayor of Newcastle. 

RECOGNITION

Awards / Accolades

In 2019 two of Jenny’s larger contractual disputes, one involving software simulation and the other metal manufacturing, which were about to go to lengthy hearings, resolved as a result of persistent effort following mediations.  

In 2019 Jenny was a Finalist – Regional Lawyer of the Year in the Women Lawyers Association of NSW Achievement Awards.

In her previous roles in the University of Newcastle Law School, Jenny was twice nominated for the University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Academic Appointments

Guest lecturer, University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law and Faculty of Health Sciences 2007 – 2020.

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Master of Laws, 1992, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1986, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1984, University of Sydney
  • Diploma of Practical Legal Training, 1986, College of Law

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Newcastle Law Society
  • Women in Building and Associated Services
  • Women Lawyers Association of NSW