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Jacqueline Wootton

Partner

Jacqui advises on disputes, investigations and corporate crime, with particular expertise in anti-bribery and compliance issues.

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Experience

Jacqui assists clients with commercial disputes, regulatory and internal investigations, and compliance advice.

Ranked in Chambers for her anti-bribery and corruption expertise and co-head of the firm’s Australian corporate crime & investigations practice, clients praise Jacqui’s “fantastic global knowledge” and find it "reassuring to have someone local with that exposure and experience available."

Across her disputes and investigations work, many of Jacqui’s matters have a multi-jurisdictional dimension. She has advised on issues arising in countries across Asia, UK, US and Africa.

Jacqui’s practice spans both advising on contentious matters, and drawing upon that experience to work with clients on strategies to mitigate legal risks. In the anti-bribery and sanctions areas, this includes assisting clients develop compliance policies, training and programs.

Jacqui has assisted companies in various sectors, from global multinationals to Australian companies expanding offshore. In the mining sector, Jacqui has assisted clients with investigations, compliance advice and disputes over joint venture and marketing issues. Recent work with financial services clients has included an anti-bribery program review, compliance training and litigation over enforcement of bank securities.

Having worked both in house and in private practice, Jacqui brings together strategic and practical legal advice, strong project management skills and tailored client service. 

Examples of Jacqui’s experience includes assisting:
 

  • A listed Australian company in a multi-jurisdictional investigation into potential violations of anti-corruption laws involving regulators and enforcement agencies in Australia (AFP) and the US (the SEC and DOJ)
  • A global company with its worldwide corporate compliance program, focusing on anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions compliance
  • Major banks in an anti-bribery program review and sanctions training
  • A telecommunications company with disputes over an acquisition, contractor arrangements and reputationally sensitive issues
  • Internal investigations into suspected fraud and corrupt business practices
  • A joint venture company and its shareholders in a fraud investigation and litigation over unauthorised business dealings
  • A major resources company on international disputes and arbitrations over marketing transactions and joint venture issues

Background

From mid-2009 to mid-2011 Jacqui was in house litigation counsel with BHP and worked in BHP’s offices in The Hague and Melbourne.

Jacqui is a member of the Law Council’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Committee.

Jacqui holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degrees from the Australian National University. Jacqui graduated with a University medal in law and received the Supreme Court Judges’ prize.