Jillian Williams Portrait

Jillian Williams

Bar roll 2016 Admitted 2009
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Jill practises primarily in commercial and public law

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jill was a Senior Associate at Allens Linklaters with a general commercial litigation practice.  During her time at that firm she worked on a broad range of matters including class actions, large scale regulatory investigations, tax and complex commercial disputes, for ASX listed and multinational companies. Jill also previously practised in litigation and insurance at Norton Rose Fulbright. In 2012, she worked for Judge Flügge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. 

Jill holds a Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) from the University of Oxford, as well as bachelor degrees in Law (with first class honours) and Commerce (Finance) from Monash University.  

She is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports, and is a Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she co-lectures on insolvency law.

Jill read with Michael Rush and her senior mentor is Wendy Harris QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation

Contact

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Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 1 Room 14

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Private International Law
  • Taxation
Tort Law
  • Common Law
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public International Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Civil & Human Rights

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Civil Law (Oxford)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Mon)

Bachelor of Commerce (Mon)

Admitted

Victoria

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Recent matters in which Jill has acted or advised

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (2018): for an industry based superannuation fund (led by Warren Friend QC).

Clime Capital Limited v UGL Pty Limited - Class Action (led by Dr Oren Bigos): for the plaintiff in discovery order application in shareholder class action proceeding (Federal Court of Australia).

Advising the administrators of the Arrium Group of companies (led by Philip Crutchfield QC and Daniel Snyder) in relation to public examinations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Federal Court of Australia, ongoing).

ACCC v H.J. Heinz Company Australia Limited [2018] FCA 360 (led by Rowena Orr QC and Nicholas De Young): for the respondent, in proceedings alleging breaches of s 18 of the Australian Consumer Law (Federal Court of Australia).

Re Connective Services Pty Ltd; Mortgage Results Pty Limited v Millsave Holdings Pty Limited (led by Allan Myers QC and Bernie Quinn QC): acting in various related oppression proceedings under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing).

Application for merger authorisation clearance by B.P Petroleum in proposed acquisition of Woolworths petrol stations, for the ACCC (led by Norman O’Bryan SC and Andrew Barraclough).

Goode v Community Equity Housing Ltd (& Ors) (led by Meredith Schilling): for the applicant in an application under s. 148 of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act for leave to appeal from orders made relating to claims pursuant to the Equal Opportunity Act and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing).

AZB17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (unled): briefed to advise and appear in judicial review proceedings (Federal Circuit Court of Australia).

Azzopardi v Seltsam (& Ors) (2017) (led by Bernie Quinn QC): acting for respondent in common law jury personal injury trial by jury (Supreme Court of Victoria, settled). 

Dependable Care Pty Ltd v O’Connor Assets Pty Ltd (led by Meg O’Sullivan): for the applicant, VCAT claim in the Building and Property List for alleged breaches of the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic), (VCAT, settled).

In an arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act 2011 (Vic) - counsel assisting in arbitration proceedings before the Honourable Peter Heerey AM QC.

Experience prior to coming to the Bar

Acting on behalf of Coles Supermarket Group in a Federal Court proceeding by the ACCC for alleged contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, including alleged unconscionable conduct.

Acting on behalf of State defendants in a class action in the Supreme Court of Victoria arising from the Kilmore East/Kinglake 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Advising a US based investor in relation to proposed litigation arising from a contract claim in Victoria.

Acting on behalf of the Human Rights Law Centre in relation to advising on a constitutional challenge to the validity of provisions of the Electoral Act 1992 (Qld)

Acting on behalf of a client in the Oil & Gas industry in relation to an ongoing tax transfer pricing regulatory dispute with the ATO.

Acting on behalf of a US client in the Oil & Gas industry in relation to a breach of contract claim arising in Victoria.