Jennie-Lee Schloffer

Partner
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

“Getting the right advice up front can make the world of difference to the end result. Taking the time to listen and understand the business and goals of my clients is my critical first step.”

Jennie-Lee is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. She has extensive experience acting in disputes across both federal and state jurisdictions in Australia in a variety of areas including corporate, shareholder and director, property and leasing, employment and investigations, franchising, partnership and joint ventures, consumer law, defamation, insolvency, professional negligence and intellectual property.

Jennie-Lee has represented clients ranging from ASX-listed companies, major trading banks, leading insolvency practices and trade unions to SMEs and individuals. She is known for always providing strategic and commercial advice to her clients.

Jennie-Lee is adept at project management of large-scale litigation involving complex legal issues and e-discovery however she also values working on smaller matters that are more personal to her clients. She also gives back to the community through her role as a director on the board of Aussie Kidz Charity.

 

WHY AJ & CO?

‘It’s rare to come across somebody with the exact same energy, values and views with respect to practising law, operating and growing a law firm, servicing clients, and investing in team members.  I worked out very quickly that I wanted to be in partnership with Andrew Johnson and join the wonderful team at AJ & Co Lawyers.’

 

EXPERTISE

Jennie-Lee’s expertise includes:

  • acting for a director and shareholder in Federal Court proceedings against former LNP President David Hutchinson and successfully obtaining a Judgment that the director’s removal was unlawful, the resolution relating to a share capital raising was invalid, and the purported voluntary administration was void;
  • acting for a large coal company in three concurrent fraud proceedings in Federal and Supreme Courts totalling $40 million instituted by its former CEO, CFO and COO relating to a complex performance-based share aware scheme;
  • acting for a large shipping company in a joint venture dispute in the Supreme Court of NSW totalling $20 million and spanning over 20 years which involved a derivative relief application, cross-vesting jurisdiction and limitation issues;
  • acting for property developers and builders in the Supreme Courts of VIC and QLD both instituting and defending applications seeking urgent injunctive relief, one involving a $70 million claim of a breach of the equitable obligation of confidence and the other seeking to remove a prominent legal practitioner from acting in construction proceedings;
  • acting for six family members in proceedings instituted by a financial services company seeking to enforce facilities, guarantees and mortgages, and instituting third party proceedings for professional negligence against a law firm;
  • acting for the entire network of Thirty franchisees across Australia in a dispute with the master franchisee after the master franchisor entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, relying on the new multi-party dispute resolution and class exemption for collective bargaining provisions in the Franchising Code; and
  • acting for a national petroleum company in court proceedings and disputes including a pre-trial discovery action, an unfair preference claim by a liquidator, a building works dispute, an asset sale dispute, nuisance disputes with a neighbour of a refinery plant, a dispute involving a negligently designed sewerage plant, a commercial lease dispute with a restaurant lessee, and a confidential information dispute with a former employee.

 

EXPERIENCE

Recent transactions of note include:

  • advising two partners of national law firm Dibbs Barker about settlement issues relating to their exit from the partnership;
  • acting for a student at a prominent GPS school in Brisbane and successfully overturning an expulsion;
  • acting for a senior planning officer of a prominent regional council in defamation proceedings against a property developer relating to a publication circulated to high level members of government and parliament;
  • acting for a board member and treasurer of a prominent tourism organisation in a workplace investigation involved bullying allegations by the CEO;
  • acting in a dispute between two mining companies in Federal Court and Land Court proceedings relating to the validity and enforceability of a term sheet for the purchase of a phosphate mine involving mistake, misleading and deceptive conduct, and estoppel by convention, representation and promise, and the extension of a caveat over the mining lease;
  • acting for Transdev Brisbane Ferries in a dispute with the Brisbane City Council relating to a bank guarantee;
  • acting for multiple wives involved in family law proceedings which involved concurrent commercial disputes relating to significant property holdings and companies in which they had management and ownership interests;
  • acting for a mining company in relation to a notifiable data breach and a creditor’s statutory demand;
  • advising a bank on prospects and steps relating to threatened injunctive proceedings by a nominee board director which involved examining the bank’s constitution, policies and processes and APRA’s prudential standards;
  • acting for multiple directors and shareholders in exit disputes and minority shareholder oppression claims;
  • obtaining a successful resolution for a food wholesaler in an ACCC investigation alleging misleading & deceptive conduct in respect to the ANZ Food Standards Code;
  • acting for large national coffee chain, a bank, an international car manufacturer and an Australasian association in disputes commencing with a cease and desist demand involving infringements of intellectual property legislation, Australian Consumer Law, passing off and the torts of injurious falsehood and interference with contractual relations;
  • acting for listed hedge funds in Hong Kong, Singapore and an Indonesian conglomerate in relation to a half a billion dollar demand by Nathan Tinkler relating to a mine acquisition;
  • acting for the former directors of a company in a public examination brought by the liquidator;
  • acting for multiple property developers in respect of applications seeking compensation for land resumptions;
  • acting for franchisors (a national building company and a national hotel chain) and various franchisees of Pizza Hut and Orange Theory Fitness in court proceedings and disputes involving breaches of franchise agreements, personal guarantees, the Franchising Code and Australian Consumer Law;
  • acting for a mining company and accounting firm in multiple applications resisting (together with Cherwell Creek Coal and multiple other non-parties) non-party disclosure sought by BHP;
  • acting for a company and an individual in relation to RTI requests and amending government records;
  • acting for Glencore PLC and Mount Isa Mines Ltd in the infamous lead exposure litigation;
  • successfully defending an individual in the matter ($17 million fraud on the Queensland government) in relation to alleged breaches of the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002; and
  • acting for a gold and coal mining company in a dispute relating to the termination of a haulage services contract.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Practicing law since 2010

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Graduate Certificate of Business Law

Bachelor of Commerce