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Brianna Kenna

Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Kenna is a labour, employment and workplace safety lawyer. She has assisted clients across a range of industries, including the healthcare, aviation, construction and sporting industries. Her experience includes advising employers on termination of employment, managing ill and injured employees, managing employee misconduct, disciplinary procedures and redundancies.

Ms. Kenna's background in Psychological Science drives her interest in managing the interpersonal relationships and conflicts that arise in the context of industrial relations. She has worked with employers to manage industrial matters such as enterprise bargaining and workplace investigations.

Ms Kenna has also been involved in a range of litigious matters, such as unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims and other employment related disputes in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit Court and the Fair Work Commission.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Kenna completed clerkships with various leading national and international law firms.

At University, Ms. Kenna was the President of the La Trobe Law Students' Association and served as an Education Officer on the Australian Law Students' Association.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member and mentor
  • Preparation and interpretation of employment contracts
  • Assisting in the defence of general protections and unfair dismissal claims for clients across a range of industries
  • Assisting with preparation of various workplace training materials, including presentations on bullying and harassment, managing public sector employment and managing risks of termination.
  • Advising on the interaction between awards and enterprise agreements 
  • Advising on redundancy, workplace consultations, restraints of trade and entitlements policies.
  • Assisting with aspects of industrial relations and enterprise bargaining, including assessing whether enterprise agreements pass the 'Better off Overall Test'.