Catherine has a broad commercial practice, with a focus on real property disputes, construction disputes, equity, insolvency, administrative law, and disputes involving Mandarin-speaking litigants or assets in Asia.
Catherine has worked in the legal industry for over 12 years and previously practised as a commercial litigation solicitor in national mid-tier and boutique commercial firms. In that time she has acted for and advised large-scale property developers, building contractors, engineering firms, financiers, insolvency practitioners, local governments, statutory insurers, and native title corporations and trusts.
As a native Mandarin-speaker, Catherine has extensive experience in advising Mandarin-speaking clients in commercial and civil disputes, as well as cross-border litigation. She is also experienced in conducting hearings with the use of interpreters and calling overseas lawyers as expert witnesses on foreign law.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and was called to the Bar in 2018. She was previously an employed barrister in the Litigation and Administrative Law team at the Department of Housing and Public Works where she represented the State of Queensland in civil litigation. She also advised the Department and the Minister on complex legal issues in administrative decision-making, construction procurement disputes, tenancy disputes, infrastructure disputes, negligence claims, regulatory enforcement, and amendments to housing and construction industry legislation.
In 2016, Catherine co-founded the Queensland Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA), a national non-profit organisation which promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She currently serves as the Queensland Branch Secretary and works closely with the judiciary, regulatory bodies and law firms to bring together lawyers, legal academics and law students of Asian heritage and cultural background or with an interest in Asia to form a collegiate professional network. She also sits on the Bar Association of Queensland’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee.
Catherine is passionate about improving access to justice, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse litigants. She accepts pro bono briefs through LawRight and volunteers as duty lawyer at its Enforcement Hearing Service and Fair Work Settlement Conference Program. She also undertakes pro bono work for refugees in judicial review proceedings of protection visa decisions.