Emily Jennings

Senior Associate and Head of Brisbane office
Practice areas
Dispute resolution
Competition and regulatory
International trade
Consumer law
Public and administrative law

Emily Jennings is a senior associate in Moulis Legal’s dispute resolution team. Emily is also head of office for Brisbane.

Based in Moulis Legal’s Brisbane office, Emily works with domestic and international clients to manage and resolve their disputes commercially and efficiently.

Emily has assisted clients in a range of dispute matters including complex contractual litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, cross-border intellectual property infringements as well as competition law issues. Emily also has experience in seeking judicial review of decisions made by Customs and other trade law bodies and works closely with Moulis Legal’s international trade team in these reviews.

Emily advises and represents clients from a variety of industries at all stages of a dispute, from providing initial advice on potential claims and prospects of success, through to issuing Court proceedings and appearing at trial. Having been involved in legal proceedings in multiple Australian jurisdictions, including the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Emily has extensive knowledge of the rules, practices and procedures of each Court which she uses to her client’s advantage in negotiating and resolving disputes.

Emily also assists clients in responding to and managing regulatory matters including inquiries from government departments and investigations by regulatory authorities. This includes reviewing and responding to demands and infringement notices already issued, or liaising with and advocating for clients in response to an inquiry or investigation. Emily’s experience in dealing with regulators also includes representing clients in public merger reviews conducted by the ACCC.

Beyond the courtroom, Emily’s clients appreciate her ability to understand and learn about their business and take into consideration their commercial goals when resolving a dispute. This commercial awareness reflects Emily’s strengths in strategically analysing the direction of a matter, assessing prospects of success and identifying commercial opportunities in the resolution of a dispute.

Emily graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Business and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law. During 2016, Emily undertook a study tour in China with the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, spending time in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai to further develop her understanding of Chinese language, culture and business practices. Emily is currently the Chairperson of the College of Law Alumni Association Queensland Chapter, is a committee member for the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative, and is actively involved with LAWASIA and the Queensland Law Society.

Knowledge pieces by Emily Jennings
‘Play nice’ outcome secured in ACCC misuse of market power prosecution

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has secured an important settlement in its action against Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts) in the Federal Court. In the first case since an ‘effects test’ was added to the ‘purpose test’ as a basis for establishing ‘misuse of market power’, TasPorts admitted that it had engaged in conduct.

ACCC set to make first port of call in misuse of market power test case

In late 2019, Qube Ports Pty Ltd (Qube) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) each commenced proceedings against major Australian ports alleging misuse of market power pursuant to section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) 2010 (Cth).

Challenging government procurement decisions with the GPJR Act

Government procurement is a big business in Australia and abroad. For many businesses, being successful in government tenders is a key part of their strategy.  Within Australia, 78,150 government contracts were entered into for the 2018/19 financial year worth a total of $64.5 billion.

New laws targeting illegal phoenix activity are no magic bullet

On 18 February 2020, significant changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) came into effect to help combat the controversial and damaging practice of illegal phoenix activity.

“Without prejudice” communications – sorting out the legals

The phrase “without prejudice” regularly appears in communications between parties in a dispute as it is often seen as a blanket protection against all things said, or admitted, to the other side. However, this phrase is easy to use incorrectly, leaving parties with the mistaken belief that their statements are protected by privilege. 

ACCC lays down the law on misuse of market power

In one of the largest shakeups of competition law in Australia, the controversial and highly anticipated ‘effects test’ for determining misuse of market power is set to come into operation in coming weeks. This follows the passing of wider reforms to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“the Act”) in October.

ACCC merges its M&A review process

Following the highly publicised Harper review into Australian competition law, the long awaited reforms to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“the Act”) were passed in Parliament on 18 October 2017.

Not cleared for take-off – High Court redefines agency relationships

The High Court of Australia recently handed down its highly anticipated decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd [2016] HCA 49.

Mergers, acquisitions and Australia’s competition watchdog

Mergers and acquisitions play an important role in the economy, allowing companies to take advantage of synergies to achieve business efficiency, build expertise and services, and diversify risk. At the same time, consumers benefit from maintaining and encouraging healthy competition between businesses selling goods and services to ensure that prices remain affordable.

Penfolds raises a glass in China

In a landmark trade mark ruling from the Beijing High People’s Court, Treasury Wine Estates (“TWE”), the owner of the ‘Penfolds’ wine brand, has successfully challenged the registration of the lucrative ‘Ben Fu’ trade mark which had been registered by a well-known ‘trade mark squatter’ in China. 

Levelling the playing field – enforcement of arbitral awards vs foreign court judgments

Achieving success in a formal legal dispute is only half the battle. Despite a resounding legal victory in a court or arbitration, a business may still lose the war if they are not able to enforce their hard won judgment or award against the defeated party. 

Proving your cross-border claim – how to collect evidence abroad

Evidence is crucial to success in any dispute, but there can be many hurdles in identifying and collecting the evidence which is necessary to prove a claim. The challenges in this process are compounded in cross-border disputes as key evidence can be located outside of where the proceedings are taking place or can even be located across multiple borders.

A warning for SMEs – the “effects test” will apply to your market power too

In what is the biggest shake up of competition law in Australia for many years, the Australian Government has announced that it will amend the legal test to determine whether a business has misused its market power. If the proposed changes are passed, the scope of activities constituting a misuse of market power will be significantly broadened. 

Investor State Dispute Settlement – a critical tool in the international investment toolkit

Australia’s free trade agreement with China, the highly debated Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Australia’s recent dispute with big tobacco in Singapore have drawn public and political attention to Investor State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS. Characterisations of ISDS have included it being an attack on democracy, a threat to national sovereignty or a panacea that protects all international investment. 

Negotiating civil penalties with regulators – High Court changes stop to go

After a year of uncertainty, the High Court’s decision in CFMEU v Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate & Anor (“the CFMEU case”) has restored and validated the long held practice in regulatory matters for parties to agree on a civil penalty to submit for approval by the Court. 

Podcast: Dispute resolution in China

Moulis Legal’s Christopher Hewitt, Emily Jennings and Macky Markar discuss how Australian businesses can resolve disputes in China using legal, administrative and commercial strategies.

Podcast – protecting your intellectual property in China

Moulis Legal’s Christopher Hewitt, Emily Murphy and Macky Markar discuss how Australian businesses can protect their intellectual property in China using legal, administrative and commercial strategies.