Cate practises primarily in the following areas of law: employment and workplace relations, administrative, workplace health and safety, contract including restraint of trade, discrimination, personal injury including workers’ compensation, and professional disciplinary.
Cate’s practice includes coronial inquests, commissions of inquiry and regulatory prosecutions.
Cate acts for a range of clients including individuals, trade unions, large and small companies, regulatory authorities and the State.
Cate regularly appears in courts and tribunals in the state jurisdiction including the Queensland Court of Appeal, the Queensland Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
In the federal jurisdiction, Cate regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Fair Work Commission.
Cate has appeared in the High Court of Australia as well as the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Cate was listed as a leading employment and workplace relations barrister in Queensland in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions of the Doyle’s Guide.
Cate commenced practice as a barrister in Brisbane in 2009.