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About Us

JDK Legal Services is a boutique personal injury and commercial law practice. We have a reputation for providing ethical, high quality legal services and access to justice for all of our clients.

Our lawyers are highly skilled and accessible. Our size enables our Directors to give personal attention to every matter.

 

When you call, we ensure you speak to a lawyer for preliminary advice.  If we think we can assist you, we will arrange an initial consultation.

 

Our success is built on the calibre of our people, our dedication to our clients’ best interests and a genuine desire to help people who find themselves in difficult situations.

 

We understand what is at stake.

June Kenny  LL.B (Hons)

Director,

Head of Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation Department

june@jdklegalservices.com.au

June incorporated JDK Legal Services Pty Ltd and commenced offering legal services at JDK Legal Services on 1 July 2016.

June commenced her law degree as a mature age student in 1996 and during her law degree she was awarded the John Koowarta Scholarship and won the Commercial Law Prize.  June was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 2 March 2001.  Since admission June has focused on the areas of commercial law and commercial litigation.

In February 2000 June joined Dwyer Durack, where she initially worked in commercial law and then widened her area of practice to include commercial litigation. She was the Managing Director from July 2010 to January 2016 and headed up the General Litigation and Commercial Law department.  June brings to JDK Legal Services the values and experience of this reputable firm.

June has experience in drafting commercial documents and advising in relation to all aspects of business law whether you are a start-up business or you have been operating for years including litigated matters.  In addition, June has many years’ experience in advising trustees of charitable trusts.

June Kenny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (“AICD”) and has graduated from the AICD’s Company Directors Course. June is also a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Western Suburbs Business Association and the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association.

Kate Dempster LL.B, B.Com (Hons), GDLP

Director
Head of Personal Injuries and Workers Compensation Department
kate@jdklegalservices.com.au

“Knowing that I am helping people in difficult situations is a constant source of motivation and purpose.”

 

Kate is the Director of the firm’s personal injury department.

Every personal injury matter is overseen by Kate and managed with the assistance of one other lawyer.   Initial appointments are an opportunity to provide frank and practical advice and understand what it is that keeps her clients awake at night.  It has always been important to Kate to establish a strong, positive relationship with clients from the outset in order to help them feel supported throughout the duration of their case.

Kate has worked exclusively in the area of personal injury law since 2006. She has successfully recovered compensation for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, public liability accidents and for relatives of people involved in fatal accidents, although her primary area of interest and expertise is in work accidents. Kate is committed to working with clients to obtain fair compensation in a timely and cost efficient manner. Much of her work is obtained on the recommendation of satisfied clients or through referrals from other members of the legal and medical professions who recognise her expertise.

In 2016 and 2017 Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession listed Kate as a recommended lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accident compensation.

In 2018 Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal profession listed Kate as a recommended lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and public liability claims.

Kate is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Accident Compensation - Recommended - 2018
Accident Compensation - Recommended - 2018
Accident Compensation - Recommended - 2018

Rebecca Harrison LL.B, GDLP

Lawyer
rebecca@jdklegalservices.com.au

“My priority is the relationship I have with my client, I want to take the time to hear your story and actually understand it. This approach allows me to provide advice that is tailored to your case and to achieve the best possible outcome.”

 

Rebecca joined JDK Legal Services in 2016 and predominantly handles claims relating to workers’ compensation and motor vehicle accidents. Her experience in other aspects of personal injury such as criminal injuries compensation, fatal accidents, medical negligence and public liability matters make her a valuable member of the JDK Legal Services team and a well-respected member of the profession.

Rebecca is committed to providing practical and easy to understand advice to her clients. She has represented clients at WorkCover, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the District Court of Western Australia.

Having graduated in 2013, Rebecca is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the Federal Court of Australia. She is also a member of the Law Society of Western Australia.

Joseph McCormack LL.B, B.A.

Lawyer

joseph@jdklegalservices.com.au

“Seeing positive outcomes for my clients, obtained through our hard work at JDK Legal Services is always rewarding”

 

Joseph joined JDK Legal Services as a junior lawyer in the Personal Injuries Department in October 2017.
Joseph studied a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts double degree at the University of Western Australia, graduating in August 2016. He then completed his practical legal training with the College of Law before being admitted to practice law in Western Australia in September 2017.
Prior to being admitted Joseph obtained legal experience volunteering in criminal law, family law, and administrative law. Joseph also volunteered at the Mental Health Law Centre for a year, providing paralegal assistance for clients with a mental health diagnosis.
Joseph is dedicated to providing timely professional advice and guidance to JDK Legal Services’ clients through their often distressing and complex legal matters.
In his free time Joseph is an amateur magician, enjoys organising board game nights with friends, and rock-climbing.

Kristy Sedlarczuk

Accounts/Office Manager
kristy@jdklegalservices.com.au

Kristy joined JDK Legal Services in June 2018 as the Accounts/Office Manager.  She has worked in the legal industry in medium sized, multi-disciplined law firms for over 20 years with 17 years of that time as an Office Manager which also incorporated the role of accounts.

Kristy is enthusiastic, positive and thorough in everything she does and is great at multi-tasking.

Giulio Petrella

Independent Registered Agent

Giulio commenced working in the area of personal injury law in 1991 and brings to JDK Legal Services a vast amount of experience working for plaintiff law firms and insurance companies. He has an impressive track record of successfully representing injured workers at WorkCover and is well known for his professional approach and his ability to provide advice to clients in plain English.

Since 2011, Giulio has been working as an Independent Registered Agent and exclusively represents injured workers in relation to their workers’ compensation claims. A core part of his business involves working with JDK Legal Services and he regularly appears at WorkCover in both the Conciliation and Arbitration Services.

He is most proud of the fact that his relationship with JDK Legal Services enables him to deliver a specialised service to JDK Legal Services’ clients which has resulted in excellent outcomes at often difficult times in their lives.

Esther Longstaff

Receptionist

reception@jdklegalservices.com.au

Esther commenced working as Receptionist at JDK Legal Services in 2019.  Esther has a Certificate III in Business Management.  She is a friendly and dedicated member of the team who really enjoys the fact that her job involves helping people.

Esther enjoys socialising with her friends in her spare time.

Julia Pedulla B.A.

Paralegal

julia@jdklegalservices.com.au

Julia joined JDK Legal Services in 2019 as a Paralegal. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Law and Society and Political Science. She is currently in her final year of studying the Juris Doctor at the University of Western Australia.
Julia has previously interned at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia where she learnt a lot about helping people through legal work.

Julia is hardworking and enthusiastic and strives to help people.

Joseph Creese B.A.

Paralegal

lawclerk@jdklegalservices.com.au

Joseph joined JDK Legal Services in 2019 as a Law Clerk. He is currently studying the Juris Doctor of Law at the University of Western Australia, where he has also previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and History. 

 

Joseph has a passion for assisting working people, and volunteers at the Employment Law Centre of Western Australia providing assistance to clients experiencing problems in their workplace.