We understand the critical business risks our clients and executives face day to day in their transactions and business dealings in:

  • Money laundering, bribery, corruption,  fraud and false accounting, international sanctions, cross-border investigations and prosecutions. privacy data breaches, human rights and modern slavery law.

JWS is recognised as providing the best, practical and commercial legal solutions to help achieve your business objectives.  It is at the heart of our team’s approach. Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of the white-collar criminal law defence practice including:

  • conducting internal investigations
  • responding to extradition applications
  • customer due diligence and reporting
  • human rights and modern slavery law compliance
  • money laundering and counter-terrorism financing advice
  • proceeds of crime applications
  • Australian and international sanctions regimes
  • defending Australian companies and individuals in Australian and cross-border criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Client Toolkit

Preparing for commissions and inquiries – a complete guide

This guide covers the fundamental things you need to know and do to ensure you and your organisation is best placed to respond to and manage the fallout from an inquiry.



Recent matters

Australian Energy & Resources Company

Two investigations into the conduct of a third party intermediary (a tax consultant) concerning tax matters in various Africa jurisdictions involving transactions in excess of $1m.

Australian Energy & Resources Company

Investigation into the project structuring and mining license issues for a project in Africa.

Investment Company

Reviewing the allegations of corruption involving a mining entity in South East Asia on behalf of an investment client considering commercial opportunities in the energy and resources sector.

Sinclair Knight Merz

Acting for former director and officer of Sinclair Knight Merz who has been charged, together with the company and other individuals, with conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official in contravention of the Commonwealth Criminal Code, in connection with aid-funded infrastructure projects in Vietnam and the Philippines. The committal is listed for early 2020 with any substantial trial hearings later in 2020 or 2021.

International Bar Association and OECD Task Force on Lawyers Obligations in International Commercial Transactions

Act as the IBA co-lead on the Presidential Task Force with the OCED OECD on drafting a Report entitled Tthe Role of Lawyers and in International Commercial Structures. The Task Force grew out of the Panama and Paradise Papers, considering the role of lawyers in offshore commercial structures and how reforms might occur to regulate the creation and use of such structures and the role of lawyers in targeting bribery, corruption, tax fraud and money laundering.

International Bar Association Pro-Bono work for the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association

Drafted the Anti-Corruption Guidelines for the Afghanistan legal profession, devised a training workshop attended by the Afghanistan Minister of Justice and Bar Association leadership and reviewed the Bar Association’s internal disciplinary procedures.

ABAC Matters, International Clients

Various matters involving internal advice on ABAC policies and procedures, training programs, and internal investigations on potentially illegal conduct in assignments in the Asia Pacific Region, Africa and the Middle East.

Sanctions Matters, Australian Clients

Ongoing advice in relation to the application of Australia, US and European sanctions and their impact on Australian businesses.

AML Matters, Australian Clients

Ongoing advice on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing obligations on finance companies (as reporting entities) in connection with due diligence inquiries and reporting obligations.


Latest Insights

Payment times reports due 31 March 2024

An increase in enforcement action by the Regulator under the Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (Cth) (PTR Act) has been happening over the last 12 months. Companies covered as reporting entities...


Closing Loopholes No 2 Bill – new laws regarding casuals, contractors and the right to disconnect

The second round of the Federal Government’s “Closing Loopholes” amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) were passed by Parliament on 12 February 2024 and are yet to receive Royal...


Russian sanctions: supervening illegality and impact on contracts with Russian interests

In the first case of its kind in Australia, the Federal Court of Australia held that Rio Tinto-backed Queensland Alumina Ltd was correct in interpreting and applying the sanctions imposed by the...


What is a “right to mine” and what is an “infrastructure facility” in the Native Title Act?

The High Court has delivered its decision in Harvey v Minister for Primary Industries and Resources [2024] HCA 1.