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  • Fair Work Commission


Kate practices in a range of civil disputes including employment and industrial law and common law including personal injury disputes. Kate has advised and appeared in a range of employment and industrial disputes including unfair dismissals, underpayments claims, general protections, discrimination claims, proceedings concerning the protection of confidential information and disputes about other terms and conditions of employment including redundancy claims. Kate also has significant experience in personal injury litigation ranging from statutory benefits disputes at VCAT and the Magistrates' Court through to serious injury applications and jury trials.

Recent appearances include:

Devi v Doutta Galla Aged Services Ltd [2018] FWC 4142 (successful unfair dismissal claim for a worker)

Gorman v Transport Accident Commission [2017] VCC 1280 (successful serious injury application led by J Forbes QC)

Khalifa v CP Action Workforce Pty Ltd & Ors [2016] VCC 1010 (subpoenad medical records and legal professional privilege)

Petrevski v North West Air Conditioning Pty Ltd [2015] VCC 642 (successful serious injury application led by T Tobin SC)

Nguyen v Phan (No 2) [2015] VSC 634 (successful claim, shareholder dispute, fiduciary duties and equitable interests led by I G Waller QC and H L Redd)

Super A-Mart Pty Ltd v NUW & ors [2014] VSC 130 (representative order regarding picketing activities, led by P Wheelahan)

Bob Jane Corporation Pty Ltd v anor v Robert Frederick Jane & anor [2014] VSC 27 (cross-vesting application, led by P Corbett QC)

Kate was recently Counsel Assisting the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Greater Geelong City Council and recently appeared at the reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Kate was the Associate to the Honourable Justice Philip Mandie at the Supreme Court of Victoria (Trial Division and Court of Appeal) and completed articles and worked as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon. In 2011 and 2012 she lived in New York and worked at Deutsche Bank in compliance and anti-money laundering.

Kate has a high level of proficiency in French.





From 24 Oct 2013, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.


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