Jessica Tomlinson advises shipowners, charterers, insurers and cargo interest holders across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters in the commercial shipping and offshore energy sectors.

Jessica’s experience includes drafting and advising on vessel and oil rig contracts, marine insurance coverage, importation duties, contractual interpretation matters, offshore environmental regulations, policy interpretation and the application of international maritime conventions.

She also advises on litigated and mediated disputes arising from commodities contracts, charterparty disputes, and the enforcement.

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  • Advising on marine insurance coverage, ship new-build contracts, various types of charterparties, terms and conditions for cruise ships and the negotiation of oil rig contracts.
  • Advising on Australia’s offshore petroleum regulatory framework, environmental liability matters, the application of international maritime conventions and domestic and cross-border jurisdictional matters.
  • Advising on an oil and gas dispute with claims in excess of US$180 million before the Supreme Court of Western Australia involving a contractual dispute relating to consequential loss between two global offshore operators.
  • Advising on the arrest of a cargo fleet operating in north Queensland, arising from non-payment of port fees.
  • Advising on two large-scale fisheries class actions amounting to claims in excess of AU$200 million per action. One involved economic loss and industry collapse resulting from environmental damage stemming from negligent design and construction of a bund wall at a major regional Queensland harbor. The other involved economic loss stemming from the spread of White Spot Disease throughout the Queensland prawn industry.


  • Leo Cussen Centre for Law, PLT Diploma in Legal Practice, 2015
  • Monash University, Australian Law Conversion, 2015
  • Cardiff University, LL.M., (International Commercial Laws), 2014
  • University of Wales, Aberystwyth, LL.B., 2013


  • High Court of Australia, 2017
  • Supreme Court of Victoria, 2016

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