Ruveni Kelleher Partner

Meet Ruveni

Ruveni is an employment lawyer specialising in all areas of workplace relations, including industrial relations, anti-discrimination and work health and safety laws.

Ruveni has specialised in employment law for over 20 years. She is recognised as a leading or recommended lawyer in employment law in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018, Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018 and, Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers.

Ruveni has acted in some of the most significant and sensitive high profile employment cases over the last ten years and achieved successful outcomes for her clients, including in Seven Network v Amber Harrison and Seven Network v James Warburton and Network Ten, acting for the Daily Mail in News Ltd v Luke McIllveen and acting for Yahoo!7 in Fairfax v Ed Harrison. Ruveni also acted in one of Australia’s largest sexual harassment case to date, Fraser-Kirk v David Jones.

She is recognised as a strategic litigator and trusted adviser to leading corporates and institutions, (including top 100 ASX listed and multi-national clients) such as Seven West Media, Yahoo!7, Pacific Magazines, Dun & Bradstreet, Bionomics Ltd, Macquarie University, OneVentures Pty Ltd, Merivale Group, Open Colleges, Ralph Lauren, BSA Limited, a2 Milk Company, the Star Entertainment Group and the Mark Moran Group.

Ruveni advises on all aspects of workplace relations, including employment and related legislation, employee disputes, restructuring and outsourcing, industrial disputes, redundancies, enterprise bargaining, awards, workplace investigations, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws, employment contracts and policies, incentive arrangements, superannuation, independent contractors, restraints of trade, work health and safety, disciplinary issues and managing ill or injured workers.



Seven Network

Achieved a successful outcome in the high profile urgent interlocutory injunction and substantive proceedings commenced by the Ten Network against Seven Network’s programming consultant, John Stephens and the Seven Network.

Macquarie University

Achieved successful resolutions for Macquarie University in various employment related litigation in the Federal Court of Australia by senior employees, including adverse action proceedings and breach of contract proceedings.


Achieved a successful outcome in the Supreme Court proceedings for breach of post-employment restraints by Fairfax Media Ltd against the new Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd.

BNP Paribas

Acted for BNP Paribas in the successful applications to the Fair Work Commission to terminate various enterprise agreements.

Daily Mail Australia

Achieved a successful resolution for the Daily Mail Group and Nine Entertainment Co Pty Ltd in interlocutory injunction proceedings commenced by News Limited to prevent the new Chief Executive Officer of Aust Pty Ltd commencing employment.


Ranked as a leading Employment lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
"She will consider an employee matter from various perspectives and will always provide a pragmatic solution to resolve a matter."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
"Highly professional and very strategic in her thinking in relation to case management and outcomes."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Employment Law
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Ruveni Kelleher "has initiative and a creative approach."
Asia Pacific Legal 500
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Employment Law
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Labour and Employment Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018 - 2020
Listed as a leading lawyer in Employee Benefits Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Arts (History & Industrial Relations), University of NSW
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of NSW


  • Australian Labour Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Relations Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • International Women’s Forum Australia, Director

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