Jessica van der Meer

Call 2012

"Tenacious and committed"

Legal 500 2024


As Editor-in-Chief of the Law of Property Damage, she is an established and recognised authority on all matter of property damage claims. Jessica’s practice spans the full breadth of property damage issues: fires, floods, subsidence (including Tree Preservation Orders), landslip and excavation and construction disasters. Her range of work sets her up with a near encyclopaedic knowledge of all forms of nuisance and statutory based forms of liability.

She’s a trusted and confident adviser in subrogated recovery and claims for indemnity insurers, with an emphasis on homeowners, construction professionals and network operators. She is equally at home acting for policy holders.

She relishes working on claims raising complex technical matters ranging from novel design issues to geotechnical considerations. She is go-to counsel for advice on issues of betterment and, given her involvement in the Highways England Test Cases, she is the expert on methodologies for measuring loss in property damage claims.

Notable Property Damage cases

SP v RSP [ongoing]

Representing an Italian producer of a product that allegedly was defective and resulted in a complex fire involving numerous claimants. This claim presents complicated questions of causation and novus actus interveniens. As a testament to Jessica’s precocious quality, she is holding her own against silks with leading juniors.

Highways England Test Cases [2023] 1 WLUK 457

Led by Rob Weir KC on behalf of Admiral Insurance who challenged the applicability of Coles v Hetherton as the appropriate measure of loss for damage to highway fixtures. The claim determined, perhaps definitively, how damage to highway furniture is assessed in property damage claims.

A v Arc Control [2022-2023]

A successful result achieved for a high net-worth claimant in a negligent design dispute involving a bespoke water feature whose programming code contained errors that resulted in a catastrophic flood event. Complex, technical details as to causation and legal issues in relation to spoilation of evidence.

W v PP Ltd [2021 ongoing]

The most recent example of her advising on betterment following a catastrophic flood that damaged a 31-year-old then state-of-the-art heating system. She advised on the prospects of successful recovery for the full value of a new model heating system.

A Slippery Issue: The Limits of Continuing Nuisance

A case note on Harrison Jalla & Others v Shell International Trading & Shipping Company [2021] EWCA Civ 63.

X v London Borough of Croydon [2020]

Advised and acting for claimants in a subsidence claim raising limitation and illegality issues involving a planning application.

Dover Street [2020]

High-end refurbished restaurant in Mayfair goes up in flames days before it is due to open. Jessica advised the claimants as to whom to pursue after sifting through voluminous technical fire evidence and contractual arrangements between a cornucopia of subcontractors.

SEPN [2020]

Acted for one of many subcontractors engaged to excavate a floodplain. In the process of excavation, the SEPN network cables were damaged; a central issue was to whom and how liability attached, given the contractual matrix between the subcontractors.

X v London Borough Barnet [2020]

Advised and acting for claimants in a longstanding tree roots subsidence claim involving Tree Preservation Orders, concerns on limitation and attribution.

O v Ceredigion County Council [2018-2021]

Acting for claimants in a private sewer dispute that repeatedly flooded property; involved technical issues on limitation, covenants and identification of users and owners of the private sewer.

SESW [2018]

Acting for a water company where a water main had been drilled into by a third party resulting in extensive escape of water. Legal issues included limitation and whether there could be recovery of certain heads of loss.

X v Southwark County Council [2017]

Involved advising and settling Particulars in a subsidence claim involving a permanent Tree Preservation Order and elements of judicial review and limitation.

Co-operative Group Limited v Birse Developments Ltd & Others [2014] EWHC 530 (TCC)

Jessica worked with Doré Green in this High Court case which examined when a main contractor’s claim in tort against a sub-contractor or member of its professional team is time-barred by virtue of section 2 of the Limitation Act 1980. This case is the current authority on what constitutes damage in this context and the latest date on which it might be said to have occurred.

Ranked as a Leading Junior for Insurance in the Legal 500, Jessica undertakes a broad range of insurance and reinsurance work, including cross-border insurance disputes. She is a trusted adviser in Marine Insurance and her extensive insurance experience extends to subrogated rights of insurers, coverage disputes, issues of policy wording and policy construction, breach of warranties, and claims raising contentious technical issues on the proximate cause of loss.

She is counsel of choice for Admiral insurance and has represented them in their high-profile Highways England test cases, challenging the appropriate methodology for assessing damage in highway fixture claims.

She has specialist experience in insurance fraud involving art and cultural property, having worked with Charles Dougherty on the recovery of nine Old Master paintings.

She is described in the Legal 500 as:

A first-class intellect, with great attention to detail. She builds strong relationships with clients and experts, and has sound commercial sense and amazing advocacy skills.’

Jessica combines an outstanding knowledge of the law with strong client skills and commercial judgement. She is much in demand and developing a strong insurance/reinsurance practice with international and cross-border elements.

‘Always addresses the issues in a pragmatic and detailed way, and is very capable of making her client’s case even in the face of robust interventions from the bench. Jessica is also affable and approachable to opponents, and has a very clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ positions, which makes having sensible discussions outside of court more straightforward.’

Notable Insurance & Reinsurance cases

B v LB Haringey [Ongoing]

Jessica advised a prominent insurer as to their rights under a home insurance policy where the insured homeowner brought injunction proceedings against the local authority to prevent felling of the tree that was causing subsidence to their home. She represented the insurer in the injunction hearings and continues to represent the insurer in the FOS hearings. The claim demonstrates Jessica’s skill in offering commercial, pragmatic advice to insurer clients (read by their senior management) whilst dealing with many moving parts: ongoing injunction and FOS proceedings whose outcomes are to be considered against practical policy and indemnity issues and legal insurance points.

Highways England test cases [2023] 1 WLUK 457

Jessica is junior to Rob Weir KC in a series of test cases, heard together, to determine the appropriate methodology for measuring and damage in claims involving damage to highway fixtures. This litigation will have far reaching impacts, not only financial for the insurance industry as these claims run into the millions each year, but also for the development of the law.

Upton Marina [2021-2022]

An insurer’s vessel exploded at Upton Marina, resulting in 13 other vessels (with a variety of insurers) sustaining fire damage. Working with Meghann McTague, she advised on the contentious issue of what would constitute a ‘reasonable settlement’.

St James’ Oncology and Leeds Teaching Hospitals [2021]

She advised the insurer as to coverage, which was complicated by a spaghetti bowl of parties (a Project Co had been set up) with various liabilities, as well as a transfer of those liabilities had been undertaken. She confidently and with clarity advised how the liabilities were allocated and how/whether the insurance of the Project Co would respond.

Generali Assurances [2020]

Jessica advised and represented a French insurer contesting jurisdiction of a claim, pursuant to Brussels Recast Regulation and Rome II Regulations. She also advised on issues of coverage.

Covea Insurance Ltd v O’Reillys [2018]

Advised and settled Particulars of Claim for insurer to avoid an insurance policy ab initio because of fraudulent misrepresentation.

‘Insurers must make careful use of experts’

Lloyd’s List Insurance Day 2017, Sept 28, available in LLID 2017, 6.

B [2017]

Advised on the insurance position and vicarious liability of a company where it, via a TUPE transfer, acquires the employees of another company who have been engaged in a long-running fraud.

Equitas Ltd & Riverstone Insurance UK Ltd v NMP BV [2016]

Jessica was junior to Charles Dougherty KC, where they represented the insurers in an insurance fraud claim involving nine Old Master paintings allegedly stolen from a renowned Dutch gallery in 1987. The paintings were subsequently recovered by the Dutch police in 2009.


Coverage issues relating to a home insurance policy where the premises were used to manufacture illegal drugs.

Jessica is the junior barrister of choice for technical professional negligence claims on account of her property damage and insurance experience. She is  a fearless advocate and pragmatic adviser in negligence claims involving (technical) designers, programmers, architects, surveyors and construction professionals. She is a formidable cross-examiner and well-versed in grilling experts on complex technical issues.

Jessica also has particular experience in solicitor’s negligence claims, ranging from negligent advice and negligent conduct of a claim to issues of breach of fiduciary duties/breach of trust for solicitors appointed as personal representatives.

Notable Professional Negligence cases

X v Y [current]

Representing multiple claimants in a professional negligence claim against surveyors, geotechnical experts and contractors for negligent design and installation of a retaining wall which exacerbated pre-existing landslip.

A v ARC Control [2022-2023]

A successful result achieved for a claimant in a professional negligence, negligent design dispute involving a bespoke water feature whose programming code contained errors that resulted in a catastrophic flood event. Complex, technical details as to causation and legal issues in relation to spoilation of evidence.

Thames Water v McLoughlin [ongoing]

Representing defendants in a professional negligence dispute involving groundworks that allegedly damage sewerage.

RMS Goole Ltd [2020-2021]

Representing claimants in a negligent design of vermiculite storage shed claim against surveyors.

Exeter County Council [2020-2021]

A multi-million-pound professional negligence arbitration claim brought against an internationally renowned firm of architects regarding the refurbishment and extension of the Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery.

McCarthy v Sills & Betteridge LLP [2020]

Successfully defended a firm of solicitors in a negligent conveyancing claim involving alleged overpayment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Jessica has formidable and unique experience in International Trade Law matters. Her experience in advisory work spans the full range of WTO treaty issues: technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, customs, national-treatment and most favour nation issues as well as agriculture and state aid.

  • As consultant legal adviser to the Bank of England, she advised on WTO and international trade matters in relation to Brexit with an emphasis on financial services and prudential policy.
  • She has advised the Bank of England on all major recent trade and investment negotiations including Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), CETA, EU-Japan Trade Agreement as well as EU association agreements.
  • She has advised the Bank of England and Department for International Trade on dispute settlement mechanism clauses and prudential carve-outs in future UK trade agreements. She has also advised on the fallout of the decision in Achmea and its consequences for BITs and future UK trade and investment agreements.
  • Her advisory work extends to trade negotiations: she has worked with the Department for International Trade and Her Majesty’s Treasury on the recent UK non-EU Trade Agreements.

Related to Brexit, Jessica has advised on specific aspects of the TCA and their implications, including the Northern Ireland Protocol. Her broad experience in international trade makes her well placed to advise on import and export queries. Jessica has experience in EU Customs law and has particular interest in Rules of Origin and VAT disputes. She represents HMRC in the ongoing Uflex customs duty and import VAT appeal.

Jessica has in-depth, on-the-ground experience in trade defence instruments. She worked on one of the largest anti-dumping investigations of Chinese steel producers by the Canadian Government whilst a Pegasus Scholar. She was responsible for drafting responses to the Canadian Government’s anti-dumping questionnaire, as well as advising the Chinese client as to its engagement with the investigation. This has given her invaluable first-hand experience of the technical and specialised nature of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy work.

Her BIT experience makes her well-rounded and versatile in investment disputes. She has seen both side of the tribunal table. She has worked (as a Tribunal Assistant) with The Honourable David Unterhalter, Charles Brower and Gabriel Bottini in ICSID matters. On the client-side, she has worked for claimants and respondents in ICSID arbitrations involving Western-based multi-national corporations in dispute with the Chinese government.

Before joining 2TG, Jessica worked for the United Nations and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, where she specialised in international trade and sustainable development issues, including WTO law and bilateral investment treaties. This previous experience provides Jessica with a unique and valuable perspective on international trade issues.

Jessica has a breadth of experience in international private law covering:

  • LCIA, CIETAC, SIAC arbitration whilst working with the Chinese law firm Hui Zhong,
  • SIAC arbitration whilst working with the Chinese law firm Jin Mao,
  • HIAC and ICSID arbitrations whilst working Dentons based in Shanghai,
  • ICC arbitrations, whilst being seconded to the International Dispute Team at the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.
  • ICSID arbitration as the Assistant to the Tribunal President (David Unterhalter): Lazareva v State of Kuwait UNCT/19/1.

Whilst at Gide she worked on an ICC arbitration involving a dispute over oil exploration rights awarded by an African state; a contractual dispute between a French and English company and she assisted in successfully advising on multiple jurisdictions’ (English, French, Dutch and Scots Law) approach to authority and a principal granting apparent authority.

Whilst at Jin Mao, Jessica advised and worked on a SIAC arbitration involving German and Indonesia based companies who had a contractual dispute in relation to the testing of coal.

She has BIT experience, having worked on various ICSID arbitrations involving a Western-based multi-national corporations in dispute with the Chinese government and most recently on the decision in Lazareva v State of Kuwait. UNCT/19/1. She has also advised on the fallout of the decision in Achmea and its consequences for BITs and future UK trade and investment agreements.

Jessica offers a unique and wide range of public law experience.

Her most recent success has come in representing Cycling UK (with Martin Porter KC) in their judicial review of a local authorities’ decision to open a road to motor vehicle traffic. She and Martin Porter KC also advised on and brought the first statutory appeals to challenge various Councils’ decisions to institute a Public Spaces Protection Order (‘PSPO’) in the High Court.

Presently, Jessica is instructed alongside Estelle Dehon KC by Leigh Day and Transport Action Network to challenge the Department of Transport’s decision to revoke statutory guidance.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Jessica advised and represented the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in appeal proceedings involving medical device producers seeking exemptions to the Medical Devices Directive. She is presently instructed as counsel to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in the COVID Inquiry.

Jessica has a breadth of knowledge and experience in cases involving EU and international law with public law elementsincluding sanction designation work for the FCDO. She is appointed to the Attorney General Public International Law Panel.

Jessica’s advisory work at the Bank of England’s EU Withdrawal Unit focused on Brexit and its implications. She has actively advised on the CJEU Wightman unilateral revocation of Article 50 litigation. Her work covered interpreting EU and international law treaties, advising on UK constitutional and administrative law points, and the implications of EU and UK legal judgments on Brexit.

Jessica worked with George Peretz KC and Ben Lask, representing DEFRA, in a Francovich claim made by several British agriculture producer organisations for delayed payments of relevant European Union agricultural subsidies by DEFRA.

She was also long-standing junior to Niazi Fetto KC and Guy Mansfied KC in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation.  This was a group action by 40,000 “Mau Mau” and related claimants alleged UK Government responsibility for alleged mistreatment during the Kenyan Emergency in the 1950s. The claims involved complicated areas of constitutional and administrative, torts and personal injury, human rights and jurisdictional elements.

More recently, Jessica has advised on climate change litigation, in particular using judicial review to hold the UK government accountable for its Paris Agreement obligations.

Her work has appeared in the UK Constitutional Law Blog: J. van der Meer, ‘Paws for Thought: The High Court tackles PSPOs in a Landmark Judgment’, U.K. Const. L. Blog (26th Apr. 2018) (available here).

Notable Public Law cases

R(Cyclists’ Touring Club) v Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council [2023] CO/869/2023 (Admin)

COVID Inquiry

Part of the FCDO counsel team representing their interests in the Inquiry.

Plan B v Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Others [2021]

Advising climate change litigation charity on bringing judicial review proceedings against the UK Government for failures to meet its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Summers v London Borough of Richmond [2018] EWHC 782 (Admin)

Jessica and Martin Porter KC represent the Kennel Club in the first statutory appeal to be brought to the High Court challenging a PSPO restricting dog walking within the borough of Richmond.

Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation [2016-2018]

• Kimathi & Ors v Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2018] EWCA Civ 2213
• Kimathi & Ors v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 3144 (QB)
• Kimathi & Ors v The Foreign And Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 1070 (QB)

Paws for Thought: The High Court tackles PSPOs in a Landmark Judgment

J. van der Meer, ‘Paws for Thought: The High Court tackles PSPOs in a Landmark Judgment’, U.K. Const. L. Blog (26th Apr. 2018).

Michaels v Mansfield District Council [2017]

Jessica and Martin Porter KC advised Cycling Defence Fund on bringing a statutory appeal challenging the Council’s decision to institute a PSPO prohibiting cycling in a main market square.

She is a legal 500 ranked sports specialist. Her public law, insurance and commercial background, along with her personal injury knowledge, ensure that Jessica is able to provide clients with a service that covers nearly all areas relevant to sport.

Her work ranges from contractual disputes involving boxers with Steve Flynn to bringing selection and classification challenges on behalf of athletes.

She has worked extensively on anti-doping cases (WADA and on a national level) covering all major sports. Since 2015 she has regularly represented athletes in (amongst other sports) British amateur cycling, internationally ranked ITF and Paralympic tennis players and national professional weightlifters contesting Anti-Doping Rule Violations or adverse analytical findings.

Her expertise covers the full spectrum of anti-doping matters from contesting whereabouts failures to disputing the presence of prohibited substances (ranging from anabolic steroids to cocaine and elevated testosterone levels in a female athlete). Her comprehensive clinical negligence experience makes her adept in analysing prohibited substances cases in granular depth and well-versed at cross-examining medical and scientific experts.

Jessica is an appointed arbitrator to the Sports Resolution Panel.

Notable Sport cases

X v World Para Swimming [2024]

Advised a Para Swimming athlete on the prospects of challenging their Sport Class classification and bringing a Paris Paralympic Team selection challenge.

Ukrainian and British Paralympic Committees [2024]

Advising the NPCs on how to align the IPC’s position with that of World Athletics as to the participation of Russian athletes at the Paris Paralympic Games.

X v British Shooting [2023]

Represented an athlete who challenged their non-selection for the 2023 European Games. The half-day arbitration took place before Pippa Manby (sole arbitrator) with Dan Saoul KC representing British Shooting.

British Horseracing Authority v X [2023]

Appointed as a panel member alongside Fenella Morris KC and Alistair McHenry in a confidential sport arbitration.

A v The Lawn Tennis Association [2022]

Jessica was a panel member to David Phillips JC and Christine Ohuruogu in a sports arbitration appeal involving misconduct breaches of the LTA Disciplinary Code.

"Crossing the Line - The Alberto Salazar" Dr Brown & Nike Oregon Project Scandal

(28 April 2022) in LawinSport.

UKA v TM [2021]

Led by Steven Flynn, Jessica is representing suspended UK Athletics coach Tony Minichiello against charges that he breached his UKA coaching license. The case has received publicity as Mr Minichiello coached many of Team GB Athletics’ most successful athletes, not least Jessica Ennis-Hill.

ITF v X [2021]

With Jessica’s assistance, a top 300 ranked female tennis player is contesting an anti-doping rule violation. Prohibited levels of testosterone was detected in a sample she provided whilst at an ITF competition. The player is disputing the charge on the basis that she was prescribed specific medications to assist her recovery from COVID which induced hyperthyroidism, which in turn increased the level of steroid hormones, including testosterone, in her blood. This is one of the first COVID specific defences utilised in anti-doping cases, as such it can be seen as a test case.

ITF v Lucas Sithole [2019-2020]

Jessica represented and successfully negotiated a good outcome for South African Paralympian Lucas Sithole – the first African wheelchair tennis player to win a Grand Slam – who was charged with testing whereabouts failures. The matter went through several procedural hearings, including submissions being filed and served and a final hearing date being set, before a mutually agreeable outcome was reached.

ITF v X [2019-2020]

She represented a promising junior professional tennis player in an ant-doping matter (IAAF of prohibited stimulants) where she was able to negotiate, after the first procedural hearing, a mutually beneficial outcome for the athlete and the ITF.

“Why are athletes held to a higher standard than medical professionals in anti-doping? Contrasting the Gil Roberts case and Team Sky Scandal”

(18 March 2018) in LawInSport.

UKAD v X [2018]

Jessica defended a British boxer in a UKAD appeal (IAAF of prohibited stimulants). Although the appeal was unsuccessful, Jessica gained invaluable experience of NADP procedure and drafting substantive documentation in an anti-doping matter.

UKAD v X [2017]

Jessica obtained a reduced suspension for a British weightlifter in a UKAD appeal. This matter gave Jessica detailed knowledge of the NADP Rules and Procedure.

Outside of Chambers, Jessica is a keen cyclist, a ÖttilÖ swimrun champion, a world loppet enthusiast (having completed the Engadin ski marathon), and an experienced rower, having represented the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) in the women’s eight internationally.

Significant Cases

Uflex Europe Ltd v Revenue and Customs [2023] UKFTT 409 (TC) (03 May 2023)

Highways England Test Case [2023] 1 WLUK 457

Summers v London Borough of Richmond [2018] EWHC 782 (Admin)

Kimathi & Ors v Foreign & Commonwealth Office [2018] EWCA Civ 2213

Kimathi & Ors v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 3144 (QB)

Kimathi & Ors v The Foreign And Commonwealth Office [2018] EWHC 1070 (QB)

Privacy Policy

Jessica van der Meer Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: ZA182938
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

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  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
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In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

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This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

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"Jessica combines an outstanding knowledge of the law with strong client skills and commercial judgement"

Legal 500 2023

"…affable and approachable…"

Legal 500 2022

"…very capable of making her client's case even in the face of robust interventions…"

Legal 500 2022

"Always addresses the issues in a pragmatic and detailed way."

Legal 500 2022

"A first-class intellect, with great attention to detail."

Legal 500 2021

"...has sound commercial sense and amazing advocacy skills."

Legal 500 2021

  • Pegasus Scholar
  • Prince of Wales & David Karmel Scholar, Grays Inn
  • Huygens Talent Scholar

  • BPTC, Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School
  • MPhil, Oxford University
  • BSc (Hons), Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • BA (Hons), University of Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Dutch (native)
  • French (conversational)
  • Spanish (conversational)

  • PNBA
  • BASL
  • LawinSport
  • Association of European Lawyers
  • Young Public International Lawyers
  • SIEL
  • ESIL
  • Sports Resolution

“Jessica is tenacious and committed. She will fight her client’s corner without fear or favour.”
Legal 500 2024

“Jessica combines an outstanding knowledge of the law with strong client skills and commercial judgement. She is much in demand and developing a strong insurance/reinsurance practice with international and cross-border elements.”
Legal 500 2023

“Always addresses the issues in a pragmatic and detailed way, and is very capable of making her client’s case even in the face of robust interventions from the bench. Jessica is also affable and approachable to opponents, and has a very clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ positions, which makes having sensible discussions outside of court more straightforward.”
Legal 500 2022

“A first-class intellect, with great attention to detail. She builds strong relationships with clients and experts, and has sound commercial sense and amazing advocacy skills.”
Legal 500 2021

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