Jade MarrBachelor of Laws (QUT); Master of Laws (Bond) (candidate)
Areas of Practice
Administrative Law & Judicial Review
Civil, Human Rights & Discrimination
Commissions of Inquiry & Inquests
Equity & Trusts
Professional Disciplinary Proceedings
Regulatory Proceedings and Prosecutions
Trade Practices and Competition
Jade came to the Bar in 2016. Prior to this, Jade had more than a decade of experience in commercial litigation, most recently as a Senior Associate in a top tier national firm.
Jade’s practice is of a broad commercial nature, but with a particular focus on both regulatory and enforcement matters, including civil penalty proceedings, and also employment and industrial-related matters, including anti-discrimination and sexual harassment.
During her time at the Bar, Jade has appeared as advocate at all levels of the State Courts and various tribunals, including regular appearances in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. She has also appeared in various matters in the Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and Fair Work Commission. Jade has been briefed as counsel representing next of kin in coronial inquests.
Recent notable cases include:
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Bettles  FCA 975, led by Paul McQuade KC. This was a complex action brought by ASIC under s 45-1 of the Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations). ASIC alleged that Mr Bettles, a liquidator, was directly and and accessorily liable for various breaches of director’s duties under the Corporations Act, as well as alleged liquidator’s duties at common law. ASIC sought the cancellation of Mr Bettles’ registration as a liquidator and a lifetime prohibition on applying for registration. The application was dismissed in its entirety.
- Loveridge v State of Queensland (Queensland Ambulance Service) (No 2)  QIRC 207: successfully defended a reinstatement application by an Advanced Care Paramedic who was dismissed for serious misconduct following a disciplinary process where it was found the paramedic struck an elderly dementia patient across the face whilst securing the patient into a stretcher at an aged care facility.
- Solar Panel Xpress Pty Ltd v Wallandale Pty Ltd & Ors  QDC 31; Solar Panel Xpress Pty Ltd v Wallandale Pty Ltd & Ors  QDC 45, acting for an accountant in successfully defending a professional negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct claim, and also obtaining an indemnity costs order in respect of the seven days of trial.
- O’Connor v State of Queensland (Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)  QIRC 154, led by Chris Murdoch QC, successfully defending a reinstatement application by a former employee.
- Goddard v Legal Aid Queensland  QIRC 154 successfully defending a reinstatement application by a former employee.
- Tax Practitioners Board v Hacker  FCA 1047; Tax Practitioners Board v Hacker (No 2)  FCA 1047; Tax Practitioners Board v Hacker (No 3)  FCA 1814, a civil penalty prosecution involving more than 3000 alleged instances of providing unregistered tax agent services and unregistered BAS services for fee or reward in breach of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (Cth), and a related contempt proceeding involving 28 charges of contempt. More recently, Jade also acted in a subsequent contempt proceeding involving additional charges of contempt: Tax Practitioners Board v Hacker (No 4)  FCA 940.
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Bettles  FCA 1568, led by Paul Freeburn QC, acting for Mr Bettles, a liquidator, in successfully obtaining an order to strike out the entirety of the Concise Statement and Supplementary Concise Statement filed by ASIC.
- Morgan v State of Queensland (Queensland Health)  QIRC 184 successfully resisting an application for an interim injunction within a proceeding to permanently stay a disciplinary process under the Public Service Act 2008 (Qld).
- Saric v Commonwealth (2018) 206 FCR 469, led by Mark McCarthy, in which a declaration was sought on behalf of Mr Saric that the automatic forfeiture of his vessel by the Commonwealth under s 261A of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) was invalid, and orders were sought for the recovery of the vessel. The success of the application relied on being able to establish certain defences under the Migration Act 1958 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) including ‘stress of weather’ and ‘sudden or extraordinary emergency’.
Jade has lectured in Evidence at Bond University and Civil Procedure at Griffith University, and is invited to guest lecture from time to time on advocacy-related topics.
Jade is a strong supporter of the pro bono work undertaken by Caxton Legal Centre, LawRight and Women’s Legal Service and accepts briefs through these organisations.