Joseph Kennedy

Principal

I try to use the law progressively as a vehicle to address inequality, unfairness and injustice

Joseph Kennedy is a Principal at Hall Payne, working in Sydney’s employment and industrial relations team. He is admitted to both the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.

Joseph has a wealth of experience advising unions and employees who have been treated unfairly.

He has specialist accreditation from the NSW Law Society in Employment and Industrial Law and is a member of the Advisory Committee for that practice area. Joseph has advocated in most Australian courts and tribunals with a focus on Fair Work Commission and Federal Court matters.

Joseph is also independently recognised in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Employment Lawyer in NSW.

Before joining Hall Payne, Joseph worked at a private labour law firm in Sydney. He has also worked as a lawyer with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and United Voice.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from using the law to achieve lasting positive change for our clients in a cost-effective way.”

Joseph’s most satisfying cases at Hall Payne to date have been the successful appeal to the full court of the Federal Court in Fair Work Building Inspectorate v Bragdon & Ors which developed the principles of right of entry for union officials, and the recent reinstatement of CFMMEU member and labour hire coal mine worker Kim Star.

Outside work, Joseph volunteers at community legal centres, gives pro-bono help to asylum seekers and did a volunteer internship with the UN Refugee Agency. He is a member of the NSW Law Society, APHEDA, and Balmain For Refugees.

Reviews for Hall Payne Sydney

18 Feb 2021  Google Kim B

Thanks again to the great team at Hall Payne Lawyers, very professional and helpful. The team explained everything I needed to know and were very friendly and easy to talk to. Will highly recommend to anyone wanting legal help. Thank you.

08 Feb 2021  Google Katina W

We had a complex workplace personal injury matter which required the team to learn some highly specialised information in a particular field. They took the case on and learnt all the technical components with much enthusiasm. They secured the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) claim for us, which was also quite complex. We also were able to settle Work Injury Damages (WID) with the former employer and were very pleased with our settlement amount which the team had worked hard to secure on our behalf. From start to finish, they were always on hand to discuss any of our questions and honestly treated us like part of the family. We would highly recommend working with Hall Payne.

27 Jan 2021  Email Mary

Hall Payne Lawyers have assisted me with a case since December 2019. From the first point of contact with the company until today I have always been impressed with the service and support provided. 

Hall Payne have always responded promptly and effectively to all enquiries and provided me with honest, expert advice. 

I would highly recommend Hall Payne Lawyers.

20 Jan 2021  Email Marion V

My thanks to Hall Payne Lawyers for their very professional service regarding my Claim.  Both Baiba Thomas and Craig Joshua were always there for me when needed.  Both these people were very caring and always prompt with replies to questions and my Claim ending in a very pleasing conclusion.  I highly recommend them.  

16 Dec 2020  Google John H

Great service & communication throughout.

15 Jul 2020  Google Angela M

Highly recommend Hall Payne and in particular Joe Kennedy, partner, who is very professional, knowledgeable and managed my very complex employment law matter with excellent results. Communication was excellent, timely and reliable and costs were very reasonable.

24 Mar 2020  Google Sarah M

Luke Forsythe of Hall Payne came to our aid when we were in a very precarious situation. His expertise and compassion put us at ease and things unfolded just as he said they would, which was a tremendous comfort to us in a difficult time. We are so grateful to him and Hall Payne for making the process as quick and straightforward as possible, and for our positive result.

16 Aug 2019  Google Chris T

Joseph Kennedy provided an outstanding job in representing me. His skills of respectful communication and negotiation to all stakeholders involved in my issue, combined with his expert application of law, resulted in a successful and very happy outcome. Without a doubt, I felt at all times I was in good hands and pleased Joe had been highly recommended to me. Thank you Joe! 

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Recent Blogs by Joseph

CFMMEU win significant victory opposing ABCC prosecution

Hall Payne & CFMMEU win significant victory opposing ABCC prosecution

In June 2020, we represented the CFMMEU and 2 of their officials in relation to allegations of taking unlawful industrial action at the Qube construction site at Broadbeach in Queensland. On 12 November 2020, the Court handed down its judgment, dismissing the proceeding.

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Changes to JobKeeper payments and eligibility after September 2020

JobKeeper Scheme will be extended beyond September 2020

On 21 July 2020, the Federal Government announced that payments under the JobKeeper Scheme, that was previously due to expire on the 27 September 2020, will be extended until 28 March 2021.

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Can my employer deduct incorrectly paid JobKeeper payments from my future pay?

Overpayment of JobKeeper and wage deductions

JobKeeper provides payments to qualifying employers to pay eligible employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Strict conditions apply. But what happens if an employer incorrectly claims JobKeeper? Can they deduct the overpayments from the worker's pay?

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What’s causing the surge in unfair dismissal claims during the coronavirus pandemic?

What’s causing the surge of unfair dismissal claims?

In May 2020, Fair Work Commission President, Justice Iain Ross AO revealed that unfair dismissal claims have increased by 60% in April 2020 as compared to April 2019. In this article, we identify three potential factors contributing to the increased unfair dismissal claims.

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