Catherine is one of Australia's leading lawyers in work/ occupational health and safety (WHS). She leads the Maddocks safety practice and advises on all aspects of safety, including procurement and contractor management, WHS systems, asbestos, due diligence and responding to prosecutions. With her extensive experience in providing incident response advice, Catherine assists clients in dealing with police and other investigative authorities, and working with media and reputation advisers.
She also advises on government related employment matters. She has particular experience in helping clients with bullying claims and workplace investigations, and also advises on managing injured workers, dismissals, privacy, protected disclosures and discrimination.
Catherine has extensive experience in coronial inquiries and government inquiries. She has acted in three Royal Commissions in Victoria, and two national Royal Commissions including acting for the CFA in the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission from the morning after Black Saturday, and acting for the Secretary of a Commonwealth Department in the Home Insulation Royal Commission. She has represented public sector clients in significant coronial inquests, Ombudsman's inquiries and in parliamentary inquiries.
Catherine has a background and broad knowledge of administrative law and statutory interpretation, and brings this to her work for government clients and regulated bodies to assist them with issues such as regulatory reform and judicial review. Catherine is also renowned as a trainer, and regularly provides practical workshops and seminars for government clients.