Wendy Jones

Position: Partner - Commercial Litigation
Direct Telephone: +61 8 8233 0645
Direct Facsimile: +61 8 8233 0699
Direct E-mail: wjones@fisherjeffries.com.au
Practice Areas
Agribusiness
Banking & Financial Services
Insolvency & Corporate Reconstruction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Wine

Professional Experience

Wendy joined Fisher Jeffries in 1995 and was appointed a partner in 2000 in recognition of expertise in her chosen fields of practice.

Wendy's experience over the last decade has been primarily in large and complex litigation matters. Through her involvement in a number of Australia's largest audit negligence claims, she has extensive experience in insolvency, corporate reconstruction and professional negligence.

Wendy has also acted in a number of banking and finance litigation matters involving diverse issues such as cheque conversion, mistaken payments, misrepresentation and fraud, bank systems and procedures, terms and conditions of bank products, guarantees, access to banking records and debt recovery.

Wendy is developing a reputation as one of South Australia's leading commercial litigators. She has superior technical skills and a strong leadership and communication style that lends itself to managing large and complex litigation in a cost effective and pragmatic way.

Major Assignments

  • Since October 2003, Wendy assisted the principal solicitor for the Receivers & Managers of the Harris Scarfe Group and its banker in litigation against the group's former auditors instituted in 2001. Wendy assumed the role of principal solicitor from 1 June 2004.
  • Southern Equities Corporation Limited (In Liquidation) (formerly Bond Corporation Holdings Limited) v Arthur Andersen. For 7 years from 1996, Wendy was an integral and then senior member of the Fisher Jeffries team that represented the Liquidator of SECL in this action against its former auditors, Arthur Andersen. The trial commenced in the Supreme Court of South Australia in November 2001. The matter settled successfully in 2002.
  • Southern Equities Corporation Limited (In Liquidation). Wendy had an integral role between 1996 and 2003 in advising the Liquidators of the SECL Group in relation to various aspects of their administration, including examinations in Australia and overseas, their adjudication on proofs of debt (including complex and disputed proofs) and various complex taxation matters. SECL has been in liquidation since December 1993 and its winding up is approaching its final stages. The collapse of the SECL Group was at the time one of the largest in Australian corporate history and involved numerous proceedings in Australia and overseas.
  • Futuris Corporation Limited - Incitec & Pivot Challenge to the Demerger Proposal. Wendy was one of the 3 senior partners in the Fisher Jeffries team advising the Futuris Group on its challenge to the original Incitec/Pivot merger terms. The matter involved proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria to successfully challenge the Scheme of Arrangement; Oppression proceedings in the Supreme Court of South Australia and an Application for access to documents under Section 247A of the Corporations Act.
  • Futuris Corporation Limited v IAMA Limited and Wesfarmers Limited. Wendy was a senior member of the Fisher Jeffries team that acted for Futuris in the disputed takeover of IAMA Limited.
  • Excel Finance Corporation. Wendy was involved in this litigation taken by several banks against the auditors of Excel Finance Corporation. The trial ran for approximately 3 months in 1996 prior to a successful settlement being reached.
  • Family Security Friendly Society. Wendy assisted in the trial of an action in the Federal Court of Australia in 1995 taken by in excess of 200 named plaintiffs against the auditors of the Family Security Friendly Society.

Professional & Industry Memberships

Law Society of South Australia

Tertiary Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (University of Adelaide) (1995)
Bachelor of Commerce (Adelaide) (1994)
Master of Laws (Corporate & Commercial) (Adelaide) (1998)
Admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia (1996)
Admitted to the High Court of Australia