Kate has been a Partner of the firm since 2010, and has more than 16 years’ experience practising in the Victorian accident compensation jurisdiction.
Kate’s areas of expertise include accident compensation, employer’s liability, statutory benefits, risk and claims management, workplace health and safety, and common law damages litigation.
Kate has acted for the Victorian WorkCover Authority, its authorised insurers and employers in defending matters under the Accident Compensation Act before the Court of Appeal, Supreme, County, and Magistrates Courts.
She has also provided extensive advice in all aspects of compensation law and is known for her thorough preparation and approach to matters. Her knowledge and experience were recognized when she was selected by the Victorian WorkCover Authority’s Dispute Management Division for its first ever external secondment from its legal panel. During this secondment, Kate assisted in the management of the legal panel in relation to its conduct of both statutory benefits and common law damages litigation on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
Kate has also developed a significant self insurer practice comprising major corporations across a variety of industries. In addition to providing her self insurer clients with legal advice and representation in both pre-litigated and litigated matters, Kate also provides ongoing education, and training to these clients in relation to changes to the law within the accident compensation jurisdiction, and major developments which impact upon their businesses.
Kate is a successful litigator with strong forensic skills and is a highly regarded practitioner within the Victorian accident compensation jurisdiction. Her longstanding relationship with WorkSafe has seen Kate actively involved in strategic working groups and development programs. She has attracted praise from WorkSafe for her ability to develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders and opponents, enabling her to achieve consistently high results in a timely fashion.
Kate has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as “recommended” lawyer in the Victorian market for WorkSafe & Workers Compensation (2016), and as a “leading” lawyer in Workers Compensation (Defendant) (2017 & 2018).