Our People

James Groom (Director)

James Groom  

James Groom has worked for leading law firms in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, specialising in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He has also worked as senior corporate counsel and company secretary for the Australasian operations of one of the world’s largest financial services organisations.

James' practice is extensive and covers negotiating and documenting commercial transactions of all types, corporate and financial services law, intellectual property, and corporate governance and compliance.

James has a particular interest in assisting start up companies with establishing appropriate systems and processes. He also likes to draw on his international experience to assist clients with international expansion.

James presents frequently on corporate governance and compliance matters. He has degrees in law and arts (first class honours in political science) from the University of Tasmania.

James is a Director of the firm and leads the Corporate and Commercial and Regulatory and Company Secretarial practice groups.


Jenny-Ellen Kennedy (Director)

Jenny-Ellen Kennedy 

Jenny-Ellen Kennedy commenced practising as a solicitor in Melbourne, where she developed an extensive and well-rounded general commercial practice. She relocated to Hobart in 2005.

Jenny-Ellen's expertise is in general commercial law, including complex and diverse commercial transactions, industry and corporate compliance and good business practice for SMEs in diverse commercial sectors from financial services to hospitality. Jenny-Ellen practises in property law matters including commercial, retail and industrial leasing and conveyancing, Foreign Investment Review Board assessment and applications, as well as property subdivision and development. Jenny-Ellen also has extensive experience in areas relating to media services, including negotiating service contracts, defamation and protection, and commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

Jenny-Ellen holds a variety of Board roles. She has degrees in arts and law from Melbourne University and Bond University respectively, and is admitted to practice in Victoria and Tasmania.

Jenny-Ellen is the Honorary Consul for Norway in Tasmania. 


Kerry Sarten (Director)

Kerry Sarten

Kerry commenced her career working in the capital markets with a leading Canadian-based financial institution prior to holding senior management roles across a range of industries including civil construction, tourism and hospitality before returning to the finance industry.

Kerry has been a director and committee chairperson of the Hobart Rotary Club, a member of an internal audit committee for a state government department, a tutor at the University of Tasmania and since 2004 a member of the Liquor Licensing Board of Tasmania.

Kerry commenced practising as a Barrister and Solicitor with Groom Kennedy in 2011. She provides advice to local and interstate clients across a diverse range of corporate and commercial matters including negotiating and drafting contracts, corporate governance, company secretarial, organisational structure issues and litigious matters.

Kerry enjoys using her legal, business and strong analytical expertise to provide clients with sound, practical, commercial results. Kerry has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree (first class honours) from the University of Tasmania and is admitted to practice in Tasmania and the High Court of Australia.