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

19 Mar 2024  Google Benjamin A

4-star rating

08 Mar 2024  Google Rob O

Hall Payne Lawyers were referred to me and I'm so glad I engaged their services. Joe, Tim and Luke were nothing but professional, efficient and great to work with.

From my initial contact the facts and potential outcomes were clearly communicated with empathy yet the commercial reality of any court proceedings. During the process I found the matter seamless within the firm and was really appreciative of a very successful outcome.

Appointing good legal representation is of the outmost importance and Hall Payne certainly did the job for me!

22 Feb 2024  Google Jonathan C

Contacted Hill Payne Lawyers for some help with a contract. Delighted with the prompt availability over the phone, reasonable prices and billing terms. Tim spoke clearly and was easy to follow and provided valuable insights.

14 Feb 2024  Google Zaneta H

Very knowledgeable and nice to work with!

13 Feb 2024  Google Dylan R

I had the pleasure of working with Leanne Taylor for my 491 visa application, and I couldn't be happier with the experience.

Leanne's expertise and professionalism were evident from the start, guiding me through every step of the process with patience and clarity. Her personalized approach and attention to detail made a daunting process feel manageable and even straightforward.

I greatly appreciate Leanne's dedication and support, and I wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone in need of immigration assistance.

Thank you, Leanne, for your exceptional support and expertise!

05 Feb 2024  Google Lawrence

I cannot speak highly enough of the team at Hall Payne Lawyers. Their service and dedication have left an impression on me, and I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in need of legal representation.

From the very beginning, Hall Payne Lawyers demonstrated their commitment to understanding my unique situation. They took the time to patiently listen to my concerns, asking questions to gain a comprehensive understanding of the matter at hand. With this information, they provided me with an initial opinion and transparent cost estimates, allowing me to assess my options with clarity and confidence.

As soon as I enlisted their services, I felt an immense sense of relief knowing that I had entrusted my case to a team of highly experienced professionals. Their expertise and professionalism were evident in every interaction and decision they made on my behalf.

Thanks to their exceptional negotiation skills and understanding of the legal landscape, Hall Payne Lawyers successfully achieved the outcome I had hoped for. Their strategic approach, combined with their commitment to my best interests, proved to be a winning combination.

I cannot express enough gratitude to the entire team at Hall Payne Lawyers. I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone seeking legal representation. With Hall Payne Lawyers you are in the hands of true professionals who will fight relentlessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Thanks again !

18 Aug 2023  Google Paul M

5-star rating

21 May 2023  Email Nadine

To Joe and Brooke 

After suffering a work place injury with my employer, one of the largest multi national companies in the world, didn’t waste time in making life very difficult for me, started to attack my workplace rights as well as given me unreasonable directions. 

This is when I meet Joe Kennedy from Hall Payne. 

Joe was understanding and compassionate about my position but most importantly he was absolutely honest on where I was at. 

Over the next 3 years Joe helped me manoeuvre the many legal and industrial mine fields that was laid out before me. He always offered the best options. Joe  listened to my concerns and desired outcomes and set about achieving those for me. 

Personally I can’t thank Joe enough for all the hard work he has done, no matter what time of day or night Joe would always reply to my messages, emails and calls and delivering the best possible outcome given the circumstances. 

Without Joe I wouldn’t have stood a chance against the Goliath I worked for. Joe is most definitely the man to have in your corner. 

Thank you Brooke for all your help over the last few years too such a amazing firm.

Kind regards, Nadine

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Recent Blogs by Joseph

Medical discharge of firefighter due to PSTD overturned by NSW IRC

Employer’s decision to medically discharge a firefighter with history of PTSD was wrong

NSW Industrial Relations Commission determines the medical discharge of a firefighter, due to PTSD, was wrong and decision overturned.

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RTBU wins an underpayment of wages case for its Sydney bus drivers

Win for RTBU in underpayment of wages case

Hall Payne Lawyers successfully represented the RTBU and its members in Federal Court proceedings against Transit Systems Pty Ltd for failing to pass on annual wage increases.

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Significant changes to entitlements of casual employees

Major changes for casual employees in 2021

In March 2021, changes to the Fair Work Act came into effect which were the result of the federal government’s attempts at defining casual employment.

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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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