Katherine Payne

Special Counsel

Qualifications: LLB, BCom (Hons)


Katherine is a commercial litigation specialist with a focus on insolvency, contract litigation, construction disputes and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA). She also has experience in the Australian Consumer Law and international arbitration. She regularly publishes articles, provides expert commentary, and presents to clients and associations from a range of sectors, including regarding the PPSA.

Katherine partners closely with her clients to achieve their best strategic outcome efficiently and effectively. She proactively seeks an early favourable outcome. Where this is not available, emphasis on commerciality and strategic decision-making drive her management of formal disputes.

Katherine’s clients include many well-known insolvency practitioners, national and international corporates, suppliers and manufacturers of a variety of goods, building companies and logistics suppliers. She has been recognised in the editorial of leading legal directory The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 in dispute resolution and is listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Reorganisation Law every year since 2018.

Katherine is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and the Melbourne Central Insolvency Discussion Group. She is also actively involved in the community and is a board member of the national not-for-profit organisation The Song Room.


  • Significant experience in the PPSA, acting on behalf of creditors, directors, and insolvency practitioners.
  • Managing a successful large scale arbitration regarding telecommunications construction, through the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Acting for the liquidators of the Hastie Group regarding several large recovery claims in the construction industry.
  • Acting for the liquidators of the Pacific Services Group in respect of several potential Corporations Act claims.
  • Acting for Marsh in respect of a claim by the Country Fire Authority concerning an insurance policy arranged by Marsh for the Victorian Desalination Project.
  • Acting for Yamaha Music Australia regarding their rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Acting for creditors to exercise their contractual and statutory rights to recover debts and assets, including demands, insolvency appointments, and attending to unfair preference claims.  Clients include Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Westpac and Bank of Melbourne, four creditors of Arrium Australia (including RYCO) and three creditors of the Australian Music Group (also known as Billy Hyde).