Kateena O'Gorman S.C.

ADMITTED  2003    BAR  2009 (QLD) 2013 (VIC)
CHAMBERS  Koiki Mabo Chambers 66-68 Dudley Street, West Melbourne 3003

CLERK CONTACT  03 9225 7999
PHONE  9225 7346
MOBILE  0421 283 739

Kateena O'Gorman, BA, LLB, BCL


  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration Mediation ADR
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Expert Determination
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property
  • International / Conflicts of Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Rent
  • Securities
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation Law
  • Torts (Other Than PI)
  • Trade Practices
  • Transport Accident Act
  • Work Cover




From 2009 until June 2013, Kateena practised primarily at the Queensland Bar.

Kateena has experience in the following areas:

Commercial Law

  • Commercial litigation concerning contracts, trusts and joint ventures.
  • Litigation concerning corporate regulation.
  • Shareholder litigation.
  • Products liability litigation.
  • As Lecturer in Corporate Law at Queen Mary, the University of London, Kateena delivered by invitation papers in corporate law at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (Stanford Law School, May 2009) and at the Third Biennial Public Lecture (Centre for Law and Business, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008).

Tax Law

  • Advice and litigation concerning Federal and State tax law.

Public Law

  • General administrative litigation in courts and tribunals.
  • Judicial review proceedings including review of decisions from the Refugee Review Tribunal.
  • Junior counsel for the Commonwealth of Australia before the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry (2011-2012).

Evidential Law

  • Applications concerning legal professional privilege and other evidential issues.

Some Recent Cases

  • Proceedings against the Office of State Revenue, Queensland concerning payroll tax (led by Jennifer Batrouney QC).
  • Proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland concerning allegations of negligence and breaches of the ASIC Act and Corporations Act in the provision of financial services.
  • Canehire Pty Ltd & Anor v Themis Holdings Pty Ltd [2014] QCA 296 and Themis Holdings Pty Ltd v Canehire Pty Ltd [2014] QSC 38: proceedings concerning allegations of breach of trust and misuse of trust property (led by Michael Stewart QC).
  • An application concerning Harman obligations (led by Mark Moshinsky QC).
  • Acting on behalf of the class of home insulation businesses before the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program (led by Michael Windsor SC).


  • BA, LLB (Hons) (University of Queensland), BCL (Oxford)
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Rupert Cross Prize in Evidence (Oxford)
  • University of Queensland Medal (Law)
  • Summer Programme in International Human Rights Law, (University of Oxford and George Washington University Law School)

Previous Employment

  • Tutor in Tax Law, University of Queensland (2002)
  • Associate to the Honourable Justice Michael McHugh AC, High Court of Australia (2005)
  • Lecturer in Corporate Law, Queen Mary, University of London (2008 - 2009)
  • Member of the Research Panel, Matrix Chambers, London (2003 - 2009)

From 27 Mar 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.