Jack Oakley is a Senior Associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. He joined the firm in 2021. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, having enjoyed considerable experience in the defence of class actions / representative proceedings (including in relation to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct brought against ratings agencies and company auditors), as well as a number of high-profile disputes in the restructuring and insolvency sector.
Prior to joining the firm, Jack worked as an Associate at a leading international law firm (having been admitted to practise as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia in 2016). Prior to that, Jack was the Associate to the Hon. Justice David Yates of the Federal Court of Australia.
Jack’s experience also includes advising on internal and external regulatory investigations, as well as work in connection with the defence of white collar criminal proceedings.
Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media) and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from Macquarie University, where he received the University Medal for Law and the John Peden Memorial Prize for Best Graduating Student in the LLB Program. Jack also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (with Merit) from the University of Oxford, having read at Wadham College as the Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholar in Law and the Keely Scholar.
- University of Oxford
(B.C.L., Merit, 2020)
- The College of Law
- Peter Carter Taught Graduate Scholar in Law
- Keely Scholar
- Macquarie University
(B.A., (Media) / LL.B., First Class Honours, 2015)
- University Medal for Law
- John Peden Memorial Prize
- Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Australian National Rounds:
- Supreme Court of New South Wales
- High Court of Australia
- Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards:
- Finalist, Dispute Resolution, 2019
- A Corkhill, E Sasson and J Oakley, Quinn Emanuel Asia-Pacific Litigation Update – June 2022 (2022 Australian Open COVID Vaccine Legal Battle)
- B Deleuil, E Sasson and J Oakley, ‘Angels on your shoulders: observations on private equity involvement in Australian distressed debt scenarios’  (Oct) Financier Worldwide Magazine 65
- T Grave, J Oakley and J Malek, ‘“Breacher Beware”: Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches—a Cautionary Tale for IP Repositories’ (2019) 23 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 18
- T Grave and J Oakley, ‘“User Pays!”—Recreational Vehicles and the User Principle in Australian Law’ (2018) 20 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 13
- T Grave and J Oakley, ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow...Compensation Claims on Big Pharma Damages Undertakings’ (2018) 19 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 15
- T Grave, J Oakley and M Ray, ‘Section 51(3) Faces Repeal – Do Not Pass GO, Do Not Collect $200…’ (2017) 16 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 37
- A Pearsall, L Hennessy and J Oakley, ‘Competing Class Actions in Australia: Overview and Suggestions for Reform’  (Oct-Dec) Corporate Disputes Magazine 48
- T Grave and J Oakley, ‘Injunctions Ahoy! Piracy Targeted by New Website Blocking Laws in Australia’ (2017) 15 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 5
- A Pearsall and J Oakley, ‘Breacher Beware – Litigation Risk for Entities Dealing with Personal Data’  (Jan-Mar) Corporate Disputes Magazine 83
- T Grave, S Luttrell, P Harris and J Oakley, ‘Evidence in IP Arbitration: Proving the Unprovable’ (2017) 14 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 11
- J Oakley and B Opeskin, ‘Banter from the Bench: The Use of Humour in the Exercise of Judicial Functions’ (2016) 42(1) Australian Bar Review 82
- T Grave and J Oakley, ‘Playtime is Over! Australian Court Delivers Landmark Decision Upholding Rights of Australian Trade Mark Owners Against Foreign Manufacturers’ (2016) 12 Clifford Chance Global Intellectual Property Newsletter 5