A passionate criminal defence and family lawyer, Kate’s academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Major in Management) at Edith Cowan University in 2013, followed by a Master of International Commercial Law at the University of Western Australia in 2015. In 2014, Kate was admitted to practice in Western Australia.
Since being admitted, Kate has worked in criminal law in a range of private settings and at a community legal centre. In addition, she has spent time practicing law Internationally – in 2014 at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and in a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. Kate also co-authored a book on International Commercial Relations between Australia and China. Additionally, Kate worked as a teaching assistant, teaching the ‘Mental Health and the Law’ unit at Notre Dame University from 2017 to 2019. This background has proven her to be a highly talented and capable advocate with international experience rarely seen. She is able to provide comprehensive advice on a range of matters.
Kate accepts instructions in the areas of criminal law, family law, care and protection, and restraining orders. She is currently on all Legal Aid WA Criminal Law panels other than Murder and Appeals, and all Family Law (including Care and Protection and Restraining Order) panels other than Independent Children’s Lawyer work.
Kate has a strong interest in criminal law and has acted in a range of complex and sensitive matters, including appearing in the State Administrative Tribunal, Children’s Courts, Magistrates Courts, District Courts and Supreme Courts, and acted in matters from Traffic to serious violent and sexual offences, including High Risk Serious Offender applications. She has also assisted with Murder matters. Kate was acknowledged as a Doyle’s Guide Rising Star in 2021.