Qualification(s): LLB (Hons), BA
Jenna Vardi is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn's employment and industrial law practice, based in Melbourne. She is listed by the prestigious Doyles Guide as part of the only first tier law firm for employee & trade union representation in Victoria in 2017.
Jenna is a passionate advocate of workers’ rights committed to achieving fair and just outcomes for her clients. Jenna represents and provides advice to employees, including senior executives and public sector employees in all types of employment matters. This includes assisting clients’ before they start employment to negotiate employment contracts and deal with non-compete and restraint of trade clauses matters.
Jenna also assists clients’ to navigate through complex issues that arise during the course of employment such as disciplinary matters and workplace investigations, contract claims, bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. When employment comes to an end, she advises and represents clients in relation to redundancy, unfair dismissal and unlawful dismissal and assists them to obtain favourable negotiated exits.
Jenna is keen to ensure her clients understand their rights, entitlements and legal options and seeks to provide clients’ with clear pragmatic advice tailored to their objectives. She understands that clients desire swift commercial outcomes that protect their health and reputation and seeks to resolve matters quickly and confidentially.
Jenna has successfully negotiated many favourable out of court settlements for her clients. While the majority of Jenna’s matters resolve through confidential negotiations without the need to issue court proceedings, where litigation is necessary and recommended, Jenna has experience litigating matters in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the County Court of Victoria, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Fair Work Commission. She has successfully obtained injunctions in the Federal Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria and regularly represents clients in conciliation conferences and mediations.
Some of Jenna’s successes include:
- assisted a Chief Executive Officer defend unfounded allegations of serious misconduct, make a formal complaint about a botched workplace investigation into allegations and obtain a six figure compensation package
- assisted a health professional who was dismissed for expressing a political opinion on social media be reinstated to his position
- obtained court orders preventing Victoria Police from retiring a police officer on unsubstantiated grounds of ill health and that it pay our legal costs
- assisted a number of clients stop their former employer’s attempts to enforce non-compete clauses and excessive restraint of trade clauses that would prevent them from working in their fields
- represented a senior public servant defend allegations of bullying and maintain his employment without any adverse consequences or findings, and
- obtained significant compensation for a client who was sexually harassed by her colleagues.
Before joining Maurice Blackburn, Jenna worked at a number of national law firms, interned in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Australian Mission to the United Nations, and the Australian Human Rights Commission. She also volunteered at a number of community legal centres and was the co-convenor of the Victoria Branch of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She currently volunteers with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and is the co-chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Employment and Industrial Law Sub-committee.
Memberships & accreditations
- Law Institute of Victoria member
- LIV Employment and Industrial Law Sub-committee Co-chair
- Australian Lawyers for Human Rights member
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre volunteer
- Maurice Blackburn Women's Network Women in Unions Committee Co-chair
- Maurice Blackburn Diversity Committee member