Kate is experienced in commercial dispute resolution and litigation generally. She advises her clients on debt recovery, personal and corporate insolvency, financial services, consumer protection law and product liability, defamation, leasing, tenancy, mortgage, franchising and other property and construction disputes, competition, lottery and gaming law, intellectual property and general contractual disputes.
Kate’s litigation experience has required her to critically analyse potential claims and consider all issues in dispute, having regard to the facts and the law in determining the merits of the claim.
Kate has acted for a diverse range of clients, including publicly listed bodies, construction groups, government bodies, banks and other financial institutions, accountants, administrators and liquidators, bankruptcy trustees, wholesale farming groups, small-to-medium enterprises, self-employed contractors, and individuals.
Kate has practised in all jurisdictions, including the Federal, Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria and VCAT. Kate has also had exposure to matters before the Small Business Commissioner and the Victorian Building Authority, in addition to ASIC and the ACCC.
In 2011, Kate completed a six-month secondment as a Case Manager in the Banking & Finance Team of the Financial Ombudsman Service. Her role required her to review disputes between Applicants and Financial Services Providers to determine issues for investigation or negotiate agreements between the parties. Kate was required to take into consideration fairness, legal principles, applicable industry codes or guidance as to practice, good industry practice, and FOS’s standards.
Kate also has extensive experience working with YMCA Victoria, volunteering as the Co-Chair of The YMCA Bridge Project. The YMCA Bridge Project provides support, training, mentoring and employment opportunities for young offenders at risk of being trapped in a recurring cycle of crime and imprisonment both within custody and upon release.