Joseph Kennedy

Principal

“I 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 providing strategic legal advice to employees and unions to help them navigate a variety of difficult disputes.

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 regularly appears, both as advocate and instructing Counsel, in contested hearings in various 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 with the previous iteration of the United Workers Union.

“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, the reinstatement of CFMMEU member and labour hire coal mine worker Kim Star and the reinstatement of a Sydney bus driver and RTBU member (in both of those FWC matters Joseph appeared as advocate).

Outside work, Joseph volunteers at community legal centres, is a founding director of RUN DIPG (a child cancer charity) and did a volunteer internship with the UN Refugee Agency in Zambia. He is a member of the NSW Law Society, APHEDA, and a proud union member.

Reviews for Hall Payne Sydney

30 Apr 2021  Google Angela H

I couldn’t have asked for more, Baiba was so supportive and always kept me updated and well informed.I would highly recommend her to anyone.

28 Apr 2021  google Joseph A

Brooke, Alexandra and Baiba have been an amazing support and an absolute God send during a really challenging and difficult time and through the process.

19 Apr 2021  Google Ian C

I recently engaged Hall Payne Lawyers to run my workers compensation case and was impressed from the very start. From those initial words of reassurance right through to the final stages of reaching a successful outcome the HPL team was amazing. Craig Joshua, solicitor, was professional in every respect. He was thorough and always kept me informed of what was going on. Nothing was too much trouble. Alexandra Rogers did an amazing job providing paralegal support. With this journey now behind me I can highly recommend Hall Payne Lawyers. 

31 Mar 2021  Email Dianne D

Many thanks to Craig Joshua of Hall Payne Lawyers and their professional services regarding my Workers Compensation Claim dispute.  My questions were responded to immediately with explanations that I fully understood.  I really appreciate the support that was provided and I am overwhelmed by the positive outcome. I recommend the outstanding services and expertise of Hall Payne Solicitors.

30 Mar 2021  Google Maria F

Thank you to Tim, Joe and your team. What an absolute A1 plus plus plus quality of work, extremely professional and very responsive. I can highly recommend this law firm.

12 Mar 2021  Email Geoffrey R

Just a “short” note to thank you and your team for getting me a positive result from my claim with “ICare”.

Although I had a genuine work-place accident I really didn’t know what to do next after it was disputed.  Your explanation of the process, follow up, and prompt replies to my questions were excellent.  Both myself and my wife Annie (whose health isn’t the best) are very grateful for your diligence and things, I hope, will be a lot better for us, all thanks to your team at Hall Payne and Charmaine (C.F.M.E.U.) Townsville Qld) recommending your legal firm.  Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all concerned.

I will keep you informed of my progress.

With Kindest Regards

08 Mar 2021  Email J.K

Wow thank you so much. I wasn’t expecting this amount. I thought you would get some of this. You did so much work. This is amazing. I cannot tell you how much having them pay anything means to me. I really appreciate all your hard work. Thank you

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.

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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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