Curriculum Vitae

Jeremy Kirk SC practises nationally, undertaking both trial and appellate work across a wide range of
He 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.
He has been included in the “Best Lawyers” list, published in the Financial Review, since its
inception, and is listed by Chambers & Partners in their barrister rankings.
Eleven Wentworth Chambers
11th floor, 180 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
[email protected]
T: 02 9223 9477
F: 02 8028 6060
DX 377 Sydney
Main practice areas include:
Administrative law
Commercial and corporate law
Constitutional law
Environment and planning law
Professional liability
Public and private international law
Trade practices and competition law
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
High Court
Jeremy has appeared in over 35 appeals or original jurisdiction matters in the High Court, including
the following:
ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd v Goudappel (2014) 308 ALR 213 – workers compensation
rights, affecting some $350m worth of claims
NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie (2014) 250 CLR 490 – statutory
construction re registration of sex
Commonwealth v ACT (2013) 250 CLR 441 – same sex marriage case, appearing for
Australian Marriage Equality
Unions NSW v NSW (2013) 304 ALR 266 – constitutional law
CFMEU v Mammoet Australia Pty Ltd (2013) 248 CLR 619– industrial relations
Maloney v The Queen (2013) 252 CLR 168 – Racial Discrimination Act issues
JT International and British American Tobacco v Commonwealth (2012) 250 CLR 1 –
constitutional law, re validity of tobacco plain packaging legislation
Betfair Pty Ltd v Racing NSW (2012) 249 CLR 217 and Sportsbet Pty Ltd v State of NSW
(2012) 249 CLR 298 – re application of s.92 of the Constitution to race field fees
Tabet v Gett (2010) 240 CLR 537 – whether can recover for loss of chance in medical
Farah Constructions Pty Ltd v Say-dee Pty Ltd (2007) 230 CLR 89 – re equity and real
NSW v Commonwealth – Work Choices Case (2006) 229 CLR 1 – constitutional law
Harriton v Stephens; (2006) 226 CLR 52 and Waller v James (2006) 226 CLR 136 – tort
action re “wrongful life” claims
NEAT Pty Ltd v AWB Ltd (2003) 216 CLR 277 – administrative law
NSW Court of Appeal
Paul v Cooke (2013) 85 NSWLR 167 – medical negligence re normative causation and
inherent risk
D’Amore v ICAC (2013) 303 ALR 242 – challenge to findings by ICAC
X v Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (2013) 85 NSWLR 294 – re administration of
blood transfusion to a minor who was a Jehovah’s Witness
Orleans Investments Pty Ltd v Mindshare Communications Ltd (2009) 254 ALR 81 (NSW
Court of Appeal) – re alleged judicial bias, contract and remedy issues
Markisic v Commonwealth & United States of America, application for leave to appeal
refused, 6 July 2007 – appearing for the United States
Federal Court – Full Court
Animals Angels EV v Secretary, Dept of Agriculture [2014] FCAFC 173 – administrative law
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Financial Services Council Ltd v Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd (2014) 222 FCR 455 – re
whether Fair Work Commission inquiry into default super funds was properly constituted
Channel Seven Adelaide Pty Ltd v Australian Communications and Media Authority (2014)
223 FCR 65 – re fault element in criminal offence re tobacco advertising
ACT Full Supreme Court
Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions (No.2) [2014] ACTSCFC 2 – Full Court
determination re whether to quash a conviction, and whether to order retrial
Eastman v Director of Public Prosecutions [2014] ACTSCFC 1 – Full Court determination
of validity/construction of provisions relating to an inquiry into criminal guilt
Federal Court – 1st instance
Blairgowrie Trading Ltd v Allco Finance Group Ltd & Ors – acting for KPMG – Wigney J is
currently reserved on a decision re a “common fund” application near the beginning of class
action proceedings
Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Limited v Minister for Health (2012) 208 FCR 254 – challenge
to validity of a regulation re the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Getup Ltd v Electoral Commissioner (2010) 189 FCR 165 – obtaining orders upholding
validity of electronic enrolment to vote
NSW Supreme Court
Waller v James [2013] NSWSC 497 – wrongful birth case (4 week hearing)
Panthers Investment Corporation Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue [2013]
NSWSC 25 – land tax/trusts
Ashjal Pty Ltd v Alfred Toepfer International (Aust) Pty Ltd (2012) 82 NSWLR 93 – re the
validity of the Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW)
X v Sydney Children's Hospitals Specialty Network (No 5) [2011] NSWSC 1351
admissibility of expert evidence – part of a medical negligence case which settled after 4
weeks of hearing
Re Estate of Edwards (2011) 81 NSWLR 198 – appearing for NSW Attorney General as
amicus curiae, re property interest in deceased husband’s sperm
Hitchcock v Pratt (2010) 79 NSWLR 687 – re validity of family provision claim on an estate
KF v Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children aka Children's Hospital Westmead [2010]
NSWSC 891 – obtaining first court order in NSW requiring a plaintiff to undergo genetic
Carbotech v Yates & SES, 2008 – confidential information/abuse of directors’ duties (settled
after 4 weeks of hearing)
Darkinjung Pty Ltd v Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (2006) 203 FLR 394
administrative law, charities and trust issues (13 day case re validity of $25m funds transfers)
Oil Drilling & Exploration (Borneo) Pty Ltd v Nerdlihc Co Inc [2005] NSWSC 298 –
commercial law; obtained judgment for plaintiff of $15.7 million
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NSW Land and Environment Court
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council v Wyong Coal Pty Ltd (No 2) (2014) 202
LGERA 223 – re whether a coal mine could proceed without consent of NSW Aboriginal
Land Council
Australians for Sustainable Development Inc v Minister for Planning (the Barangaroo Case)
(2011) 182 LGERA 370 – appeared for challenger to development at Barangaroo in Sydney
Capital Airport Group v Director General, Dept of Planning [2011] NSWLEC 83 –
successfully resisting 12 grounds of challenge to a Council decision
Gwandalan Summerland Point Action Group Inc v Minister for Planning (2009) 75 NSWLR
269 (the Catherine Hill Bay case) – establishing a bias claim against Minister for Planning re
large Part 3A concept plan approval
Queensland Supreme Court
Groves v Groves [2013] QSC 277 – forgery & equity claims re Citigroup margin loans
entered by Eddy & LeNeve Groves (5 week trial)
Commissions of inquiry
Appeared for the Electrical Trades Union in the Royal Commission into Trade Union
Governance and Corruption
Appeared for John Maitland AM in ICAC’s “Operation Acacia” inquiry
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Re Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd and Minister for Health and Ageing [2012] AATA 210,
(2010) 120 ALD 105, and (2010) 120 ALD 71 – overturning a TGA decision not to register a
pharmaceutical product on the Therapeutic Goods List
Bachelor of Arts (ANU), majoring in political science and philosophy, 1989-1993.
Bachelor of Laws (Hons - 1st Class) (ANU), 1989-1993.
Bachelor of Civil Law (1st Class) (Oxford), October 1994 - July 1996.
Doctor of Philosophy (Oxford), supervised by Professor John Finnis and Sir Anthony Mason,
October 1996 - January 1999, on topic: “Implied Rights” in Constitutional Adjudication by
the High Court of Australia since 1983.
‘The Concept of Jurisdictional Error’, in Neil Williams (ed), Key Issues in Judicial Review,
2014, Federation Press, Sydney
‘The Entrenched Minimum Provision of Judicial Review’ (2004) 12 Australian Journal of
Administrative Law 64.
‘Conflicts and Choice of Law in the Australian Constitutional Context’ (2003) 31 Federal
Law Review 247.
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‘Sports, Policy and Liability of Sporting Administrators’, co-written with Anton Trichardt,
(2001) 75 Australian Law Journal 504.
‘Rights, Review and Reasons for Restraint’ (2001) 23 Sydney Law Review 19.
‘Constitutional Implications (II): Doctrines of Equality and Democracy’ (2001) 25
Melbourne University Law Review 24.
‘Constitutional Implications (I): Nature, Legitimacy, Classification, Examples’ (2000) 24
Melbourne University Law Review 645.
‘Administrative Justice and the Australian Constitution’, in Robin Creyke & John McMillan
(eds), Administrative Justice - The Core and the Fringe, 2000, Australian Institute of
Administrative Law, Canberra.
‘Constitutional Interpretation and a Theory of Evolutionary Originalism’ (1999) 27 Federal
Law Review 323.
‘Constitutional Guarantees, Characterisation and the Concept of Proportionality’ (1997) 21
Melbourne University Law Review 1.
‘Still Standing: An Argument for Open Standing in Australia and England’, co-written with
Elizabeth Fisher, (1997) 71 Australian Law Journal 370.
‘Constitutional Implications from Representative Democracy’ (1995) 23 Federal Law Review
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