Area of expertise
- Dust & Toxic Tort
- Property & Industrial Special Risk Claims
- Public & Product Liability
Special Counsel LLB, GDLP, BA
phone +61 3 8687 7395
Katherine is an experienced litigator with a focus on personal injury, defence of WorkCover (section 369 of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic)) recovery claims (previously section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (Vic)), dust diseases litigation, local government and property damage. Katherine regularly acts for local and state Victorian government entities as well as major insurers and self-insured corporations.
Katherine is skilled in providing succinct and accurate advice. Katherine’s experience includes undertaking close analysis and providing high level advice on common law causation and liability issues. She regularly appears in all Victorian court jurisdictions to resolve interlocutory disputes, represents clients at mediations and pre-trial conferences, and instructs in County and Supreme Court trials.
Katherine is skilled in providing succinct and accurate advice from outset to conclusion. Katherine pro-actively manages claims and focuses on commercially favourably outcomes including, where appropriate, early resolution.
Katherine regularly acts for major insurers and self-insured entities across a range of industries including building/construction, logistics, and manufacturing. Katherine has significant experience in the successful resolution of these of these claims, often at mediation or beforehand.
Examples of Katherine’s experience includes:
- Clarke v Greater Shepparton City Council – Katherine was instrumental in conducting this ‘test case’ which clarified the operation of section 40 of the Road Management Act 2004 (Vic) and confirmed a road authority’s ability to rely on various statutory defences, including sections 102, 103, 105 and 108 of that Act.
- Ree v Selvaratnam & Ors (CI-13-00654) – Successfully defended a common law claim by an injured cleaner against a Council-owned nursing home (jury verdict).
- Yarra Ranges Shire Council (Coronial Inquiry and Inquest) – Assisted in an Inquiry relating to the death of an infant during a storm event. The Coroner determined the infant’s death was not foreseeable.
- City of Whitehorse & Anor ats Davies – Assisted in defence of a dependency proceeding by the wife of a cyclist who died when he rode his bicycle off a raised timber boardwalk. The proceeding successfully resolved at mediation without contribution from Council.
- Latrobe City Council (Coronial Inquiry and Inquest) – Assisted in a Coronial Inquest into the death of an infant due to mixed drug toxicity. The Coroner determined that the infant’s death was accidental and not foreseeable.
- Law Institute of Victoria
- Women in Insurance