Kathryn is a UQ graduate (BA/LLB with Honours) and a barrister at Quay 11 Chambers in Brisbane. She took silk in 2006 and was appointed an adjunct Professor, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in late 2014.
Since her admission to the Bar in 1987, Kathryn has practised primarily in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, civil & human rights/ discrimination, family law and child protection law, Coronial Inquests and occupational regulatory work in QCAT and QCATA.
She has acted for and been involved with indigenous people for almost the entirety of her career as a barrister and also through a number of Commissions of Inquiry. In that time she have travelled to some of the remote communities such as Aurukun during the child protection inquiry.
She has appeared as Counsel in four Royal Commissions of Inquiry: most recently the Royal Commission into institutionalised sexual abuse and the “Barrett Centre Inquiry”. She has recently been appointed as the Commissioner of the Youth Detention Review (Qld).
Kathryn has a particular interest in bio-ethical issues having completed a Master of Laws in 2003. In addition to her court work, Kathryn is an accredited mediator.
Kathryn was recognised in the 2018 Doyle’s Guide as a “leading” Queensland barrister both in the Family Law and Divorce category and the Parenting and Children’s Matters category.