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Jennifer Beck is a Barrister BA, LLB (Syd), LLM (Syd), and a member of the New South Wales Bar, a Mediator (IAMA) and Arbitrator (MCArb) and is located at Clarence Chambers at L21-133 Castlereagh Street Sydney. Jennifer provides high level expertise in Litigation and an Advisory Legal Service, International Commercial Arbitration, and Mediation, in Australia and throughout Asia. Jennifer accepts briefs in all areas of the law but her principal areas of practice are:

- Administrative Law

- Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, Mediation, Expert Determination)

- Building and Construction Disputes (including Security of Payment Act, and Home Building Act)

- Commercial Law (including Competition and Consumer Law, Contract, Guarantee, Indemnity)

- Corporations Law

- Employment Law

- Environmental Law (including offences against National Parks)

-Insolvency (corporate and personal bankruptcy)

- Intellectual Property

- International Commercial Arbitration

- Partnership Disputes

- Property

- Contested Wills (Succession Act, Probate)

- Taxation (Land Tax, Challenging Notice of Assessment)

As well as a litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice, Ms Beck undertakes non-contentious work such as providing advisory opinions. Ms Beck practices in all of the state Supreme Courts, Federal Courts, Local Court, Fair Work Australia Tribunal, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Land & Environment Court.

Ms Beck has industry experience in defence: Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Airforce 1997-2003 and has provided lectures in contract, guarantee and indemnity to the Australian Army (2010, 2011)), health (Registered Nurse), television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and twenty years experience in both the private and public sectors as a lawyer.

This full-service capability, and comprehensive experience in all facets of advisory work, dispute resolution and litigation ensures that Jennifer can help you predict, prevent and resolve disputes.


Ms Beck has been appointed to the Westpac Industrial Relations Arbitration Panel (2012), and all of the Local Court in New South Wales, as an Arbitrator (2014) where she regularly arbitrates commercial disputes in courts as far afield as Muswelbrook and Port Macquarie. Ms Beck was appointed to the Farm Debt Mediation panel (2013, reappointed in 2016), the Supreme Court of New South Wales mediation panel (2013, reappointed in 2016) and the District Couirt Mediation Panel.

International Commercial Arbitration

This is a complex area of dispute resolution which requires specialised credentials, international contacts, and an intricate knowledge of the institutional rules and international law. Irrespective of which country you are from, or are incorporated in, or have commercial dealings with, Jennifer can guide you through the process. This includes drafting the arbitration agreement, and enforcement of the arbitral award. International Commercial Arbitration has become the preferred alternative to litigation for disputes involving overseas parties. There is a trend towards conducting the arbitrations in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Jennifer is a member of the Charted Insitute of Arbitrators, and has specialist credentials with that organisation. Jennifer accepts briefs to act both as the counsel for the arbitration, or as the arbitrator.


Jennifer is an trained mediator to the new national standards, having completed her training with the Institute of Mediators and Arbitrators in 2008. Ms Beck's chambers are connected to a purpose built mediation space to accommodate mediations, arbitrations and other ADR conferences. The conference rooms are sound-proofed, have wi-fi capabilities, telephone conferencing in every room, direct dial speaker telephones, facsimile , photocopying, self service kitchens or café menus for more substantial refreshments. Jennifer accepts briefs to act both as counsel in the mediation, or as the mediator.


Jennifer completed both her Bachelor of Law degree (1993) and Masters in Law (2007) at Sydney University. She undertook her mediation training at the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA) in 2008, and is a nationally accredited mediator (NMAS). Jennifer trained as an Arbitrator through the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and completed the International Commercial Arbitration Certificate in 2010.


Ms Beck was awarded the Civil Justice Award in 2002, and the Health Care Excellence Award in 2002.

Current Interests

Jennifer has served as a Judge in the Chinese International Court Competition for the past 5 years held each year in China, in 2012 (Beijing), 2013 (Beijing), 2014 (Shanghai), 2015 (Beijing), 2016 (Suzhou). This is based on international law and the International Court of Justice. It is intended to foster the rule of law. Prior to this Competition being introduced to China by Professor Zhu and Carol Kalinoski 14 years ago, International Law was virtually unheard of in Chinese Universities. Today International Law in China is a compulsory subject in a law degree. Included in this years Judges were Judge O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Professor Murase United Nations ILC member; Professor Francis Wong, Stephen Harder (Clifford Chance), Professor Matti Tjader (Denmark), Shackley Rafetto (Former Chief Judge of the Maui Second Circuit of Hawaii), Carol Kalinoski (Washington), Bernard Zimmerman (Retired Federal Judge for United States District Court California), Grace Suarez, Mr Andrew Boyle (UN International Criminal Tribunal Cambodia), Professor Mary Kay Kane (Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita at UC Hastings), Professsor Gennady Esakov (Head of Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics Russia).

Current Favourite Reading

Caixin Online (China, economics and finance), Andie Xie – Shanghai based economist writes on China. China Policy is a Beijing based research and advisory team managed by Philippa Jones, director of research by Professor David Kelly. This is well worth a daily read to keep apace with the fast moving regulatory developments in China. Professor Johnson-Freese is an engaging and illuminating writer and I recommend her brief note titled:”Americas -Ultimate Weapon In Competition with China: Lawyers (

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L21/133 Castlelreagh Street, Sydney 2000

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