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Janette McLennan
Janette McLennan
t: +61 2 9260 2803
o: Sydney

Janette McLennan


About Janette

Janette is a commercial litigator specialising in complex multi-party commercial disputes, director and officer (D&O) claims, class actions, reputation management, regulatory matters and commercial insurance/reinsurance claims (including monitoring and contested coverage disputes).

She is recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading litigation lawyer 2019-2023 and a class action litigation lawyer 2022-2023. She is also recommended by Legal 500 in Insurance, Class Actions and Litigation.

What she does

Janette’s expertise includes:

  • acting for corporations and officers in the defence of class actions, with a particular emphasis on securities claims, and advising insurer stakeholders on those risks
  • acting for D&Os in regulatory disputes, including ASIC civil penalty proceedings and criminal prosecutions arising from alleged misconduct in financial markets
  • defending insolvent trading claims and related D&O claims following corporate collapse
  • advising insurers on complex coverage matters, both at primary level and in multi-layered programmes, in all financial lines and commercial insurance disciplines
  • acting in reinsurance disputes, including in arbitrations and at appellate level
  • defending a wide range of professionals in claims of alleged negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duties, and
  • advising on defamation/reputation management matters, including in claims against cross-border primary and secondary digital publishers. 

Who she works with

Janette represents directors, corporations, insurers, reinsurers and a wide range of professionals including accountants, auditors, brokers, financial planners, fund managers, IT professionals, solicitors and trustees.


Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle.

Life before Sparkes

Janette is a Sparke Helmore alum and re-joined the firm from Clyde and Co where she was a former partner.

Life outside of Sparkes

Janette is a keen landscape photographer, plane spotter and yoga enthusiast who enjoys criss-crossing the globe with her two small children. They have a dog named “Emirates”.

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t: +61 2 9260 2803
o: Sydney
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