Biography

Jeremy has 30 years of legal experience as a specialist workplace, employment and industrial relations lawyer with a focus on work health and safety, serious incident management and prosecutions by safety regulators.

Jeremy has been acknowledged in 2018 by Doyles Legal Guide as a leading WHS lawyer nationally, and in 2018 and 2020 as highly recommended in the areas of labour law by Best Lawyers International Legal Guide.

Jeremy is an astute negotiator, strategist and advocate who is respected and highly regarded in this field. He is considered one of Australia’s leading and most experienced WHS lawyers.

Who Jeremy Works With

His clients include major national employers in the health, mining, manufacturing, infrastructure, maritime and electrical supply sectors.

He acts on behalf of corporations and government departments/government owned corporations (both State and Federal) and their officers and directors advising and managing serious workplace incidents, fatalities and prosecutions.

He provides commercial advice and outcomes to employers across the Eastern Australian States, Jeremy has acted and appeared in countless industrial disputes, unfair dismissals, general protections and award breach cases. He has also acted in the past as a prosecutor on behalf of the Workplace Ombudsman prosecuting breaches of the Fair Work Act and Awards.

Approach

Jeremy is an astute negotiator, strategist and advocate highly respected and regarded in his field.

Qualifications

Jeremy has completed the Legal Profession Admission Board’s Diploma in Law. He has also obtained a Masters in Business Administration as well as a Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management.

Jeremy is also author of the following text books and publications:

  • LexisNexis publication ‘WHS – What you need to know’ published 2012,
  • Guide to WHS in New South Wales Mining,
  • Master Disaster, WHS guide to incident management, and
  • Guide on Workplace Bullying.

He is author and editor of WHS Lawyer blog and discussion group and a sought-after speaker and trainer on work health and safety issues. He is also a guest lecturer in WHS at various universities across Australia.

 

Memberships

Articles by Jeremy

Business & Company
28/02/2020 by Jeremy Kennedy

New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure

Podcast: Ep 32 Special Counsel Jeremy Kennedy Explains How New NSW Legislation Wipes Ability To Insure In Podcast 32 for OHS.com.au, we discuss the new legislation about to go through the NSW parliament that makes WHS Penalties tougher on business owners / PCBU’s. Once passed, the ability to insure against WHS Criminal Penalties will become illegal. […]

Business & Company
18/12/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

WHS Update

SafeWork NSW – “Johnny on the spot” – New power to issue on the spot fines against individuals and corporations Employers need to be aware that following amendments to the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017 (the Regulations)[1], SafeWork inspectors have been granted additional powers to issue on the spot penalty notices against persons conducting […]

Business & Company
25/11/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

No More Work Health & Safety Net

Major WHS Changes for Companies & their Officers Following findings of the Federal Senate Inquiry –‘They never came home – the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia’ into the model Work Health & Safety Act and its operation since 2011 the NSW Parliament has been the first state to […]

Business & Company
18/11/2019 by Jeremy Kennedy

Wage Theft- ‘Orgy of Greed’​ or Mass Hysteria?

Recent high profile investigations, significant media coverage and union/ACTU campaigns on what has been labelled as “wage theft” and a business “orgy of greed”[1] have certainly highlighted for Australian employers their ongoing need to comply with the Fair Work Act, National Employment Standard and industry modern awards, but is the problem as large as proponents say? Unions argue that recalcitrant […]

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Success Stories

Downer Mining

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of Downer Mining in 35 unfair dismissal applications commenced by the CFMEU on behalf of mining workers terminated from Boggabri Mine due to loss of mining contract and downsizing of workforce. Jeremy negotiated a successful outcome including the redeployment of the majority of the workforce to other Downer Mining sites.

Downer Mining (Boggabri Mine)

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of Downer Mining in relation to an industrial dispute arising from a proposed changes to shift/roster where industrial action was taken on the basis of a Work Health & Safety risk due to a high percentage of the work force being drive in drive out with long distances to travel […]

Downer Mining (Wambo Coal Mine)

Undertook a significant investigation into allegations of fraud involving mine resources for personal use by an employee in the construction of his own home where evidence of impropriety was forensically identified, and the employee terminated and with a police investigation being undertaken.

International Gaming Technologies Australia Limited

Jeremy Kennedy acted in Federal Court proceedings commenced by an employee terminated for failing to attend a medical examination with respect to Work Health & Safety risks by the employer when the request was made as a lawful direction. The Court’s Judgment resulted in a precedent case for employers to have the power to make […]

Boeing Australia Limited

Jeremy Kennedy undertook an internal investigation against senior managers in relation to alleged culture of bullying behaviour at a Boeing regional site resulting in a significant report and recommendations on requirements for cultural change and potential liabilities. All of the investigations and recommendations were actioned by the client and resulted in disciplinary proceedings being taken […]

Forbes Local Council

Jeremy Kennedy provided advice in relation to proceedings commenced by former Work Health & Safety Manager with respect to unfair dismissal, unlawful termination when terminated following a worker’s compensation claim. Negotiations resulted in the exit of the manager with no payment of compensation or damages based upon expert medical evidence obtained.

Roper Golf Regional Council

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of the Council in respect of a General Protections claim commenced by the former General Manager on his termination for breaches of the Council’s Code of Conduct and financial approvals policy. Proceedings were struck out based upon submissions to the Federal Court disclosing no proper cause of action under the […]

Hunternet Group Cooperative Pty Limited

Jeremy Kennedy acted in a General Protections /Adverse Action matter commenced by an apprentice on the basis of discriminatory conduct with respect to disability and his exercise of his right to take leave. Jeremy produced a significant and detailed response to the claim, resulting in the proceedings being withdrawn / discontinued.

Port of Newcastle

Jeremy Kennedy acted in relation to investigation into fire and explosion at Kooragang Wharf 4 when a large gantry crane was being demolished and hot works caused a conveyor belt to catch on fire. This included investigation by the Coroner, SafeWork NSW and NSW Department of Environment. As a result of the legal response to […]

Newcastle Stevedores Pty Limited

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of Newcastle Stevedores in a multi-faceted investigation by Workcover NSW, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Police/ Coroner in relation to a fatality occurring on board a ship whilst loading for the transport of aluminium ingots where a stevedore was fatally injured when the ingot packs collapsed in the ship’s […]

Lake Coal Pty Ltd / Chain Valley Mine / LD Operations Pty Ltd

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of the mine operator and related entities and officers in the Department of Mine’s investigation and prosecution against multiple entities following an underground fatality involving a large slab of coal falling upon an operator. The matter involved a two (2) year investigation and 45 records of interview and formal responses […]

Idemitsu Coal Ltd (Boggabri Coal)

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of Boggabri Coal in relation to response to an investigation by the Department of Mines with respect to a fatality involving a third-party contractor’s employee who was killed in an incident involving an elevated lift platform (ELP). The outcome involved no prosecution against Idemitsu / Boggabri Coal as the PCBU […]

Yancoal Ltd (Ashton Coal)

Jeremy Kennedy acted on behalf of Ashton Coal and Yancoal and the companies Directors / Officers in relation to a high-pressure drilling incident involving a third-party contractor’s employee who was severely injured. This included a two (2) year investigation by the Department of Mines. The matter involved attending interviews of some 25 witnesses and responding […]

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Testimonials

Having worked with both Jeremy and Amanda, we are pleased with their service and confident in their advising.

“The Roberts Legal team have assisted us with a myriad of matters. Having worked with both Jeremy and Amanda, we are pleased with their service and confident in their advising. Shout out to Jeremy who has made himself readily available throughout some urgent matters. He is dedicated to and passionate about his profession and is an effective and efficient communicator.”

Sarah B


His understanding in several areas of practice has no doubt saved us time, money and given us confidence that we are in good hands whenever needed.

“Jeremy Kennedy has consistently given quality advice to both our business, and others whom we have referred. His understanding in several areas of practice has no doubt saved us time, money and given us confidence that we are in good hands whenever needed.

His communication, attention to detail, and insights are always welcome.

We highly recommend him and his team.”

Hack Marketing


Jeremy and his team were committed to ensuring that all options considered and discussed and were open and sharing with their expertise and knowledge.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jeremy when we engaged him to provide expert legal advice to a client on a sensitive and intricate IR issue. In guiding the business to finding a resolution, Jeremy and his team were committed to ensuring that all options considered and discussed and were open and sharing with their expertise and knowledge.”

Kerstin D


Jeremy is very much on the front foot with communication and action and I have complete confidence in his expertise and attention to detail.

“Jeremy Kennedy has had a number of very large and complex matters referred to him by my company.  He is first on my list when it comes to serious legal matters relating to WHS matters and what my clients are potentially exposed too in the workplace.

Jeremy is very much on the front foot with communication and action and I have complete confidence in his expertise and attention to detail.

I am delighted to recommend Jeremy Kennedy of Roberts Legal.  I am pleased to have someone of his calibre in my business circles.”

Denis K


Jeremy brings integrity, experience and professionalism to every matter he completes.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jeremy Kennedy for a number of years on a number of WHS matters of significance in sectors such as mining and not for profit. Jeremy brings integrity, experience and professionalism to every matter he completes and I look forward to continuing to work with him into the future.”

James R


Jeremy develops robust long standing and trusting professional relationships.

Jeremy develops robust long standing and trusting professional relationships by consistently demonstrating competence in WHS legal expertise.”

Warren E