Catherine practises in corporate, commercial, regulatory and tax law. She has particular experience in class actions arising from continuous disclosure issues and corporate collapses, including associated negligence claims. Catherine is recommended as Senior Counsel in various rankings guides, and is named as a leading silk by Legal500 and is recommended by Chambers and Partners, which (in 2021) states that Catherine 'is described by one interviewee as "a brilliant barrister who was a leading commercial junior and is now a go-to commercial silk who will often be picked ahead of others who have been around longer thanks to her incredibly effective advocacy and the respect that the court has for her."'
Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Disputes division of Minter Ellison, and also worked in law reform in the United Kingdom. Catherine regularly appears for a wide range of private and government clients in commercial and tax matters in the Supreme Court and the Federal Court. Refer below for a list of some recent matters. Catherine holds a doctorate and BCL from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the author of a book on international trade law (The Power to Protect: Trade, Health and Uncertainty in the WTO), has published articles in journals including the Australian Bar Review and taught contract law at the University of Oxford.
Some current and recent matters
Corporate and commercial disputes