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 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
“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.
Joseph McCormack LL.B, B.A, GDLP
“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.
Julia Pedulla B.A., J.D.
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. Julia also completed the Juris Doctor postgraduate law degree at the University of Western Australia in 2020. She then completed her practical legal training with the College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in 2021.
Prior to being admitted, Julia 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.
Caolan McGovern LL.B, B.A.
Caolan joined JDK Legal Services in 2021 as a law graduate after completing his undergraduate studies at Curtin University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He practices predominantly in workers’ compensation and other personal injuries law.
Having grown up in the south west of WA in a large family, Caolan enjoys being able to assist clients from all over WA to enable them to focus on what is most important: themselves and their loved ones.
Caolan values the care and attention to detail JDK Legal Services provides to every single client and aims to continue to uphold this standard.
Sylvi Kalaivanan LL.B, B.A.
Sylvi commenced working at JDK Legal Services in 2022 after completing her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University. In 2015 she also completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology and Psychology from RMIT, Melbourne. Sylvi will be admitted as a lawyer in late 22.
Previously Sylvi has worked in the aviation industry and more recently has worked as a paralegal in another personal injury law firm.
Sylvi thrives in a work environment where she can have a positive influence on people’s lives. She is passionate about law and finds it very satisfying to be able to assist clients get the best possible outcome in their personal injuries claim.
Amara Chaudhry B.A., J.D.
Amara joined JDK Legal Services as a law graduate in the Personal Injuries Department in 2022. She has a double major in Political Science & International Relations and English & Cultural Studies and Juris Doctor from the University of Western Australia. Amara is looking forward to being admitted as a solicitor and barrister in September 2022.
Amara has previously completed work experience in the area of consumer, property, and commercial law. She is enthusiastic about helping people and delivering the best possible outcomes for clients.
Rhys Weaver B. Psych (Hons)
Rhys joined JDK Legal Services in 2021 as a paralegal. He has a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is expected to complete his Juris Doctor postgraduate law degree at the University of Western Australia in 2022. Prior to working as a paralegal Rhys worked as a research assistant with the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine at Curtin University.
Rhys particularly enjoys the opportunity to use his medical and legal background to assist clients in a practical way and is passionate about helping people.
Industrial Relations Consultant & Advocate
John Theodorsen is an industrial relations adviser and advocate. He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial relations, human resources and management, working with employers, employees and employer organisations. He appears regularly in the Fair Work Commission and WA Industrial Relations Commission. John has a background in industrial relations, government, non-profit organisations and vocational education and training.
John brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the following areas:
- Industrial Relations advice and representation before industrial tribunals
- Human Resources and Employee Relations consulting
- Training staff, management and board members in a range of management and governance areas
- Quality management consulting
- Vocational Education and Training sector management and governance
- Non-profit sector management and governance
- Strategic communications, media and public representation, advocacy, networking and negotiation.
John is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia.
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.
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.
Kim has been working in an administrative role since 2015 after a workplace injury changed her career direction.
Prior to moving back to Australia in 2020, Kim was working as a Legal Secretary Lead for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice in the area of criminal defence. Kim really loves to work in a role where she has a lot of people interaction and is able to make a difference to people’s lives.