Kate has a wide-ranging commercial law and public law practice. In commercial law, she is experienced in matters ranging from large-scale class actions and significant appeals through to small, technically complex first-instance matters. Her public law practice includes constitutional law, administrative law and statutory construction, and she regularly appears in planning and professional disciplinary matters, as well as judicial review proceedings. Kate has appeared both led and unled in the High Court, the Federal Court, the New South Wales Supreme Court and the Land and Environment Court, as well as lower courts, tribunals, and ICAC. She has also appeared in a number of matters interstate and accepts briefs nationally.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Kate was a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Group at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she worked on commercial and regulatory matters. Kate was also Tipstaff to the Hon Justice Leeming of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Dist) from the University of Oxford. She has received a number of academic prizes and scholarships, including the Ludlows Award for highest mark in the New South Wales Bar Exam.
Chambers & Partners 2021 - Band 3 Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel - "Kate offers extensive experience of litigation throughout the New South Wales court system and in both the Federal and High Courts, her range covering both commercial and public law matters and including appearances in some of the highest-profile cases of 2020 and 2021. Identified by one interviewee as "a superb junior of choice - incredibly quick and efficient, able to master a broad range of law and completely across the details," she is described by another as "very reliable and calm and confident as an advocate."
Doyles Guide 2021 (NSW) – Recommended Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel