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Jessica Apel

Bar roll 2023 Admitted 2018
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Jessica Apel practises in commercial and public law.

Jessica has specialist expertise in competition and consumer law, energy law, regulatory investigations, civil penalty proceedings, and access regulation. She also has experience in commercial arbitration, contract disputes, royal commissions, judicial review proceedings, and white-collar crime.

Before coming to the Bar, Jessica practised as a solicitor in the competition and commercial litigation teams at Ashurst.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, where she received multiple awards for academic achievement. Jessica also completed a Master of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Jessica is reading with Andrew Barraclough and her senior mentor is Penny Neskovcin KC.

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Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 23 Room 2

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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+61 3 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Credit
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Real Property
  • Regulatory Investigations
Tort Law
  • Defamation
  • Product Liability
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • White Collar Crime



Bachelor of Arts

University of Queensland

Bachelor of Law (Honours)

University of Queensland

Master of Laws (First Class Honours)

University of Melbourne

Austrian Arbitration Academy Diploma (High Distinction)

University of Vienna



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia