Jeremy Kirk SC

Date of admission to the Bar
2002

Date of appointment as Senior Counsel
2011

Areas of practice
Jeremy Kirk practises nationally, undertaking both trial and appellate work across a wide range of areas.

He has appeared in some 45 appeals or original jurisdiction matters in the High Court, and regularly appears in intermediate courts of appeal.

He has undertaken a number of lengthy and significant trials in commercial, medical negligence and public law matters. He regularly takes briefs in class actions including, currently, acting for the Commonwealth in the Williamstown Airbase claim, for BMW in the Takata airbag litigation, for Appco in the charity collectors case, and for KPMG and PwC in other claims.

Notable recent matters include appearing for the ACCC against Volkswagen and Audi in relation to the diesel emissions scandal, acting for Mach Energy in successfully resisting an attempt to injunct the development of a coal mine, advising the Nature Conservation Council in having the NSW native vegetation clearing code held invalid, acting for ICAC in the case brought against it by members of the Obeid family, and appearing as counsel assisting for the Child Abuse Royal Commission in Case Studies Nos. 38 and 46 with respect to the criminal process.

He has been included in the “Best Lawyers” list (published in the AFR) since its inception, is listed by Chambers & Partners in their barrister rankings, and is recommended as a leading commercial litigation senior counsel in Doyle’s Guide.

His specific practice areas include:

  • Administrative & public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Class actions
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Constitutional law
  • Environment, planning and property law
  • Industrial law
  • Professional liability
  • Public & private international law
  • Trade practices & competition law

Qualifications
BA, LLB (Hons) (ANU)
BCL, DPhil (Oxon)

Jeremy obtained law and arts degrees at the Australian National University, receiving a University Medal for law along with 14 other prizes.

He then attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, obtaining a Masters degree (the BCL) and a doctorate. He was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship at Oxford for the top student in the BCL course.

When coming to the bar, he received the Bar Association’s prize for coming top of the bar exams.

He has published many articles on constitutional, administrative and tort law.

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