Senior Principal Lawyer
Catherine provides specialist legal advice to State Government clients on corporate governance issues, contract review and preparation, government funding arrangements, compliance issues and general statutory interpretation.
Catherine has been practising law since 2007 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008. She joined Crown Law in 2010 after working in the private sector with Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers and Bain Gasteen Lawyers as a property lawyer.
Catherine’s experience in commercial law includes:
- advice about governance and regulation of statutory bodies, letters patent corporations, Corporations Act 2001 companies and incorporated associations
- exercising statutory powers and general statutory interpretation
- incorporation of companies, preparation of company constitutions and associated documents
- statutory and private trusts, including charitable trusts and cy pres schemes
- trade practices and Australian Consumer Law, including advice on the restrictive trade practices and consumer protection provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010
- reviewing and preparing various contract documents including funding agreements, contractor/consultancy agreements, deeds of novation, confidentiality agreements and complicated bespoke agreements relating to various projects and partnerships
- advice on procurement processes and drafting of tender documents
- drafting and reviewing exhibition loan agreements and advising on contractual and insurance issues relating to travelling exhibitions
- advice on compliance and access issues under the Information Privacy Act 2009
- taxation advice, including GST, income tax, stamp duty and tax concessions
- dispute resolution, including advice on disputed contracts and prospects of success
- property law issues, including commercial and residential sales and acquisitions, due diligence, body corporate disputes and contaminated land issues.
Catherine has been involved in significant projects including:
- the State representation teams in the Queensland Health Payroll Commission of Inquiry and the Queensland Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry
- a large due diligence project involving the transfer of statutory functions from a statutory body to a newly-established private company
- a review of a large suite of template contractual documents for a government department
- sales and acquisition of large commercial properties involving due diligence investigations.