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Jesse Kennedy

Master of Laws - New York University
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - Australian National University
Bachelor of Arts - Australian National University


Admitted to the Bar 2017


Jesse’s practice focuses on complex commercial and public law disputes, particularly those arising out of cross-border transactions or relationships. As a barrister, he has represented clients in appellate and first instance courts throughout Australia (both federal and state), as well as in international arbitrations. He has appeared both led and unled in a range of high-profile commercial disputes, as well as in constitutional, administrative law and admiralty matters.

Prior to joining the New South Wales Bar, Jesse was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where he specialised in international commercial arbitration and investor-state dispute resolution. While based in New York, he acted for sovereign states, foreign investors and some of the world’s largest conglomerates in large and complex arbitrations and cross-border litigations, involving jurisdictions such as England, Hong Kong, India and the United States.

Earlier on in his career, Jesse was the associate to the Honourable Justice Gummow AC on the High Court of Australia, and practised as a solicitor in transport and commercial litigation with Ashurst and then Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney. He holds a Master of Laws (International Business Litigation, Regulation and Arbitration) from the New York University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and the University Medal) and Bachelor of Arts (Development Studies) from the Australian National University, Canberra. He has several publications in the area of international commercial arbitration and international law in periodicals from Australia, Europe and the United States.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Admiralty and Maritime
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Aviation and Transportation Law
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Building, Construction and Technology
    • Class Actions
    • Competition and Consumer
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Environment and Planning
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • International Law
    • Mining resources and energy
    • Partnership disputes
    • Real property
    • Trade Practices
  • Equity See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Property
    • Trusts
  • Public and Administrative Law See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Constitutional Law
    • Judicial review and administrative law
    • Public law


Banks & Financial Services, Government, Industrials, Transport and Infrastructure, Primary Resources, Power & Utilities, Technology, Media & Telecommunications,

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