Jeremy Kirk SC
Date of admission to the Bar
Date of appointment as Senior Counsel
Areas of practice
Jeremy Kirk practises nationally, undertaking both trial and appellate work across a wide range of areas.
He has appeared in over 50 appeals or original jurisdiction matters in the High Court, and regularly appears in intermediate courts of appeal. He has also undertaken a number of lengthy and significant trials in commercial, medical negligence and public law matters.
Notable recent matters include:
- appearing for the ACCC against Volkswagen and Audi in relation to the diesel emissions scandal;
- acting for Westpac in ASIC’s litigation relating to responsible lending and use of the HEM benchmark in home loan assessments;
- acting for BMW in the Takata airbag litigation, including in its successful challenge in the High Court to “common fund orders”;
- representing Qantas with respect to the dispute about the effect of the minimum payment guarantee for JobKeeper payments;
- acting for Suncorp in relation to the construction of a biosecurity exclusion clause in a business interruption insurance policy, in the context of COVID claims;
- appearing for the Commonwealth Attorney-General in relation to the NSI Act application with respect to the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery;
- acting as counsel assisting for the Child Abuse Royal Commission in Case Studies Nos. 38 and 46 with respect to the criminal process, which has since prompted legislative reform of the law of tendency and coincidence evidence.
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
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, and on class actions.
In his spare time, Jeremy is a director of Clonakilla Wines, the wine business run by his family.