About Janet Whiting

Janet Whiting heads the disputes and investigations practice in Melbourne, with extensive experience in corporate and regulatory areas as one of the pre-eminent commercial litigators in Australia. She has a proven ability to work with premiers, government ministers, boards, senior bureaucrats and senior executives. Presently, Janet is heading the team representing the State of Victoria in the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. Janet is also acting for the US agricultural company, Cargill Inc, the Plaintiff in a dispute before the Supreme Court against Glencore. The trial ran from June 2018 to August 2019. Judgment is reserved. She previously acted for Asahi against private equity entities PEP and Unitas, obtaining one of the largest settlements in the Federal Court. Janet is the first female president of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria in its 158-year history and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her significant service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors, and as a legal professional. Janet was named one of Australia’s Ten Most Influential Women in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2015.


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