Farewell Robert McKenna

On 30 June 2020 the outstanding legal career of Robert W (Bob) McKenna comes to an end upon his retirement from practice at Moray & Agnew.

Bob spent the first few years of his legal career at Moray & Agnew undertaking work in insurance generally including being involved in liability work under the direction of Brian and workers compensation work under the direction of Michael Pitt.

Bob developed into one of the pre-eminent workers compensation practitioners in New South Wales. He managed a very large practice for many insurers and employers, ran a number of cases that made law in the Court of Appeal and had at least two successful trips to the High Court of Australia.

It is fair to say that Bob has been for many years the first choice as the ‘go to’ person for technical legal advice within the workers compensation section of the firm. Stephen Harris, who started a few years before Bob, can confirm that within and outside the firm Bob is generally regarded as the pre-eminent workers compensation legal practitioner in New South Wales. That huge praise is entirely deserved and appropriate.

Bob was of course at Moray & Agnew in 2000 when the firm commenced its interstate expansion and participated in the establishment of the offices around Australia which now exist. He has always been held in high esteem by all of his partners, both in
New South Wales and interstate.

Bob’s experience and wise legal counsel will be missed not only by his many clients but also by his partners and legal colleagues who have always relied on him. We will also be without Bob’s friendly approach around the office, discussing not only legal issues but the daily news and sport, especially the latest trials and triumphs of his beloved Balmain Tigers with whom Bob has stuck through thick and thin. Bob, we intend to stay in touch, especially when that wise counsel is required!

Bob will leave a terrific legacy at Moray & Agnew.

On behalf of all partners and staff I pass to Bob our best wishes for a most enjoyable retirement.

Geoff Connellan

National Managing Partner

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