About us



The Origins of Kennedy Guy go back to 1972


Its two partners, Peter Guy and Peter Renwick lead an experienced team of lawyers and paralegals. Each team member has a strong and sincere commitment to providing expert advice and personal attention.

To ensure you receive the best advice, each lawyer practices in specific areas which ensures all clients are dealt with by a lawyer who is experienced in that field. In addition, our principals are actively involved in all matters to ensure the efficiency and quality of our work.

Kennedy Guy acts in all courts, including the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Federal Court and VCAT.

Kennedy Guy operates a state of the art facility with immediate access to in-house data bases and organisations such as ASIC and the Tiltes Office, and has an extensive library of legal books for research purposes.
Each lawyer regularly attends seminars to ensure they are familiar with the latest developments in the law.

Peter Guy is an Accredited Business Law Specialist and Peter Renwick is an Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Peter Guy

Principal

Peter is a director of Kennedy Guy. He joined the firm in 1987 after working as in house counsel for a national company. Peter was appointed as a partner to the firm in 1992 and ... Read more

Peter Gerard Renwick

Principal

Peter is a director of Kennedy Guy. He joined the firm in 1997 after working in general legal practice since admission in 1990. Peter was appointed a partner of the firm in 2000 and became ... Read more

James O’Donnell

Lawyer / Litigation

James has extensive experience assisting clients with a range of disputes in litigation including building and construction disputes, general contractual disputes, leasing disputes and insurance disputes. Qualifications Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Bachelor of Laws ... Read more

Georgina Carson

Lawyer / Family Law

Georgina joined Kennedy Guy in early 2018 and practices in family law matters. Georgina is committed to assisting clients to achieve the best outcome for their matter in a practical and cost-effective manner. Prior to ... Read more

Jia Wen Poh

Lawyer / Commercial Litigation

Qualifications Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology) (Melb) Juris Doctor (Melb) Key Dates Admitted to practice in 2018 Joined the litigation team at Kennedy Guy in February 2015 Areas of practice Commercial litigation Experience – ... Read more

Jamie Jackson

Lawyer / Property & Conveyancing

Jamie joined Kennedy Guy in May 2018 and has extensive experience in all property transactions – whether you are looking at buying your next home, investment property or looking to subdivide and develop land there ... Read more

James Penman

Lawyer / Litigation

James has experience assisting clients with a range of legal matters, including civil disputes and litigation matters, debt recovery, enforcement of judgements against debtors and advising clients regarding Owners Corporations (formerly Body Corporates) and Associated ... Read more

Peter Guy

Position: Principal

Peter is a director of Kennedy Guy. He joined the firm in 1987 after working as in house counsel for a national company. Peter was appointed as a partner to the firm in 1992 and became a director when the firm incorporated.

An initiative of the Law Institute of Victoria has been to accredit specialists in various fields. Peter was one of the first lawyers to be accredited as a Business Law Specialist. To be accredited, a lawyer must work
substantially in that area and pass an examination set by the LIV. Annually, the specialist must prove to the LIV that the lawyer has attended sufficient continuing education seminars to keep up to date with changes to the law. The lawyer must then apply for reaccreditation each three years.

Peter has vast Business Law and Property Law experience. He acts for large and small businesses and property developers in matters involving structuring, town planning, buying and selling property (including broad acre and high density developments), licensing, buying or selling businesses, franchising, business succession, commercial agreements and restructuring.

Commercial litigation is an integral part of Business Law. Most businesses have an experience of litigation at some stage. Peter has conducted all types of commercial litigation for his business clients including
Supreme Court cases, Federal Court cases and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Hearings.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting major)
  • Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Business Law (since 1991)
  • Member Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Business Law Advisory Committee of the LIV
  • Member Taxation Institute of Australia

Key Dates

  • Admitted to Practice 1986
  • Accredited Specialist 1991

Areas of Practice

  •  Business Law
  • Property Law

Peter Gerard Renwick

Position: Principal

Peter is a director of Kennedy Guy. He joined the firm in 1997 after working in general legal practice since admission in 1990. Peter was appointed a partner of the firm in 2000 and became a director when the firm incorporated.

Peter has worked in Family Law since admission and has vast experience in the negotiation of settlements, the running of matters through the Family Court system (both children and property) and dealing with property disputes.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting major)
  • Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Family Law (since 1998)
  • Member Law Institute of Victoria
  • Director of Western Legal Services

Key Dates

  • Admitted to Practice 1990
  • Accredited Specialist 1998

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills & Estates

James O’Donnell

Position: Lawyer / Litigation

James has extensive experience assisting clients with a range of disputes in litigation including building and construction disputes, general contractual disputes, leasing disputes and insurance disputes.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Laws from the Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute Studies)

Key Dates

  • Admitted to practice in 2014
  • Acquired experience in a general practice firm in 2015 and a boutique building and construction law until mid-2018
  • Joined the litigation team at Kennedy Guy in August 2018

Areas of practice

  • Commercial litigation
  • Civil litigation
  • Building and construction disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Bankruptcy and creditors petitions
  • General insolvency and winding up applications
  • Experience including: VCAT; AAT; Magistrates Court of Victoria; County Court of Victoria; Supreme Courts of Victoria, Tasmania and NSW; District Courts of NSW and Queensland; and the Federal Court of Australia

Georgina Carson

Position: Lawyer / Family Law

Georgina joined Kennedy Guy in early 2018 and practices in family law matters. Georgina is committed to assisting clients to achieve the best outcome for their matter in a practical and cost-effective manner. Prior to joining Kennedy Guy, Georgina worked as a lawyer practising in both family law and commercial litigation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts/Commerce- Monash University
  • Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)- Monash University

Key Dates

  • Admitted to practice in 2016

Areas of practice

  • Family law matters including property settlements, parenting matters and divorce
  • Family violence intervention orders

Jia Wen Poh

Position: Lawyer / Commercial Litigation

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology) (Melb)
  • Juris Doctor (Melb)

Key Dates

  • Admitted to practice in 2018
  • Joined the litigation team at Kennedy Guy in February 2015

Areas of practice

  • Commercial litigation
  • Experience – various jurisdictions including VCAT, Magistrates Court, County Court, Supreme Court and
  • Federal Court
  • Conversant with court technology in various jurisdictions
  • Languages – English and Mandarin

Jamie Jackson

Position: Lawyer / Property & Conveyancing

Jamie joined Kennedy Guy in May 2018 and has extensive experience in all property transactions – whether you are looking at buying your next home, investment property or looking to subdivide and develop land there is no matter too big or too small that Jamie and his team cannot tackle.

Jamie strives to provide the best customer service to all his clients, whether they are a first home buyer or a seasoned property developer.  Jamie cuts through the legal jargon and takes the time to thoroughly explain the processes involved.

As the property and conveyancing industry continues its transition to become fully digital, Jamie has fully embraced these changes over recent years.

He has vast experience using the Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) network since 2015 and is a certified user.  Jamie continually looks at ways to utilise technology to improve the process for his clients ensuring a smooth and seamless transaction for all involved.
Jamie also has experience and knowledge in drafting and providing advice on Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from Deakin University

Professional

  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Property and Environmental Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Certified Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) User

Key Dates

  • Admitted to Practice in Victoria in 2016

Areas of Practice

  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Commercial & Industrial Conveyancing
  • Off the Plan Conveyancing
  • Subdivisions & Consolidations
  • Easements & Restrictive Covenants
  • Lost Title Applications
  • Retirement Village Leases/Contracts

James Penman

Position: Lawyer / Litigation

James has experience assisting clients with a range of legal matters, including civil disputes and litigation matters, debt recovery, enforcement of judgements against debtors and advising clients
regarding Owners Corporations (formerly Body Corporates) and Associated Incorporations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics major)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Key Dates

  • Admitted to Practice in 2017
  • Acquired experience in a general practice law firm in rural Victoria from 2017 to 2019
  • Joined the litigation team at Kennedy Guy in February 2019

Areas of practice

  • Debt recovery
  • Enforcement of judgments against debtors
  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Leases
  • Owners Corporations
  • Associated Incorporations