Areas of Practice
Jennifer Cowen primarily practises in medical negligence and personal injuries litigation and health law. Jennifer has 20 years’ legal experience managing a wide range of litigation including medical negligence, personal injuries, product liability, insurance and professional negligence claims, coronial inquests and disciplinary proceedings relating to health professionals. She also has expertise in advising on other aspects of health law such as issues of consent, freedom of information, health records and regulatory requirements. Jennifer regularly appears in the Supreme Court, County Court and Coroners' Court.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Jennifer was a Special Counsel in the Insurance and Corporate Risk Group of Minter Ellison, where she specialised in medical indemnity litigation and health law, acting on behalf of clients such as the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, public and private health care providers and insurers. Jennifer also acted for both insurers and insured parties in insurance disputes.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University as well as a Master of Health and Medical Law from the University of Melbourne. Jennifer read with Patricia Riddell (now Her Honour Judge Riddell of the County Court), with Ross Gillies QC as her senior mentor.
From 6th May 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.
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