Managing Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Catherine leads a team of lawyers advising Government departments and agencies on issues arising under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. In this role, performed in conjunction with Jessica Cleaver, Catherine assists clients to make decisions and act compatibly with their obligations under the Charter, prepares and reviews complex Statements of Compatibility in relation to draft legislation, and provides advice and represents clients (particularly the Attorney-General) in litigation matters involving human rights issues.  Catherine also advises and represents clients in a range of matters involving questions of statutory interpretation, administrative decision-making, equal opportunity and privacy, and conducts training in relation to obligations under human rights and equal opportunity legislation and relevant public sector policies.  
 

Experience

Catherine was admitted to practice in 2003 and commenced her legal career at a top-tier law firm, where she worked on discrimination, employment and industrial relations matters, conducted workplace training, and progressed to Senior Associate. In 2007 she joined the Department of Justice and Regulation, where she was part of the team responsible for the initial implementation of the Charter. Subsequently she moved to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission as Senior Advisor, and was responsible for coordinating the complaint formulation and community engagement functions of the Commission. Catherine has also undertaken a range of volunteer work at community legal centres and other non-profit organisations.
 
Catherine's range of experience across the private, government and community sectors has provided her with an in-depth understanding of the policy development and practical application of human rights and anti-discrimination laws in particular, as well as the workings of government and key stakeholders.
 
Catherine is a member of the Editorial Committee for the Judicial College of Victoria Charter of Human Rights Bench Book, and has published on discrimination in employment in the LIV Journal.
 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria