Joseph Kennedy


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

About Joseph Kennedy

Joseph Kennedy is a Principal at Hall Payne, working in Sydney’s employment and industrial relations team. He completed his Arts and Law degrees at University of New South Wales (NSW) and 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 has advocated in most Australian courts and tribunals with a focus on Fair Work Commission matters.

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 positive change for clients who genuinely need it.” Joseph’s most satisfying case to date was 2015’s 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.

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, Amnesty International and Balmain For Refugees and is passionate about politics, AFL and cricket.


Doyles Award Leading Employment Lawyers 2019

Leading Employment Lawyer (Employee & Trade Union Representation) Rankings – New South Wales 2019
Doyles Guide 2019


Leading Employment Lawyers (Employee & Trade Union Representation) – NSW
Doyles Guide 2018

Contact Details

Sydney Office

Suite 402, Level 4,
262 Pitt St
Sydney 2000


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • NSW Law Society Accredited Specialist in Employment and Industrial Law
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