Jay is a graduate of Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in 1992 and subsequently to the High Court of Fiji the same year. After admission to the bar, he joined the Attorney General's Chambers in 1992. He was a member of the litigation team and provided legal advice to the Government of Fiji.
He has extensive experience in advising Government, Statutory Bodies and Government Commercial Companies in all aspects of the law. Jay was in the later stages of his employment with Government, leading the Attorney Generals litigation team. He has led and acted as Counsel in Constitutional, judicial review, employment relations, trade disputes, personal injury cases and public enterprise reform cases, which are the leading authorities in Fiji.
In addition to the above Jay was the editor of the law journal, "The Legal Lali" for many years, legal adviser for drafting of the Employment Relations Promulgation 2007, Legal Advisor and Board member of the Hotel and Guest Houses Licensing Board, and Counsel for the State on public sector reform. He was the Oceania representative in drafting model Competition law and Environmental law awareness sponsored and convened by Commonwealth Secretariat in London. In addition he has had extensive training in intellectual property law under the auspices of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is a member and from time to time sits as member of the Chairman for the Fiji National University Disciplinary Tribunal.
Jay during his career has also served in the private sector for 5 years. He joined Howards in August 2010. Prior to this he was the first Master of High Court of Fiji for four years until April 2009. The Master of High Court's position is similar to the associate judge in New Zealand, and Master's office in England or some States in Australia. He has written over 250 judgments in areas including civil procedure, Company law, receivership and winding-up, assessment of damages for personal injury, unlawful arrests and detention, commercial litigation, insurance, equity and trust, banking, land, probate matters.
Jay manages the litigation team and his portfolio includes Employment and Industrial Relations Law, Administrative Law, Company law, Intellectual Property law, Equity and Trusts Land law, Law of Torts, Workmen's Compensation, personal Injury claims, contracts, security documentation, Constitution law, Electoral law, Contract law, arbitration, mediation, Hotel and Liquor laws. He exclusively practices in civil law only.