Jenni Lightowlers is a Founding Partner of Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL). Prior to establishing FAL in 1993, Jenni worked for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) and Allens Linklaters (as it is now known).
She is arguably Australia’s leading authority on establishing research entities such as industry growth and innovation centres, and Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). She is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the life sciences (health, bio-security, bio-technology and medical devices), commercial and intellectual property sectors.
Acting as a long term and trusted Counsel to her clients, Jenni provides support and advice to a wide range of companies, not-for-profits and charities, and advises ASX listed entities on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and advisory services for intricate transactions. Over the last two decades, Jenni has advised on some of the most complex Australian technology and R&D projects, including the CSIRO ARIES satellite project.
Jenni is particularly highly respected in the mining and resources sectors for her advice on technology innovation, collaborative research and export controls, and is also considered one of Australia’s leading advisors to universities (both in Australia and the South Pacific). Her expertise extends to Government, having drafted, evaluated and structured legislation for Australian governments, prepared Ministerial briefing and policy papers, and provided advice on multi-lateral treaties in the Pacific Region.
Jenni is a Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University. She is also a Member of Deakin’s University Council; Chair of the University Legislation Committee; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee; Member of the Advisory Committee to the Law School; and a qualified mediator and has litigated in areas relevant to her practice.