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Catherine
Symons

Catherine was admitted to practice in April 2001 and signed the Bar Roll in May 2005.

At the Bar, Catherine's practice has been primarily focused on employment, discrimination, administrative and commercial law. In her practice, Catherine has had the opportunity to represent a number of employers and employees in a range of employment, occupational health and safety and industrial matters.  Catherine is also regularly briefed to advise and appear on behalf of government authorities. As a result, she appears regularly in the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court.

Catherine has also appeared in the Supreme, County and Magistrates' Courts, Fair Work Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

In addition to appearance work, Catherine has drafted advices and pleadings on trade practices, discrimination, franchise disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, contractual disputes and a range of employment matters such as construction of restraints of trade, redundancies, adverse action and unlawful and unfair dismissals.

Catherine has obtained a Masters of Law, specialising in workplace relations and is secretary of the Industrial Bar Association.  In 2008, she was awarded the Justice Pagone Prize for Tax Dispute and Written Advocacy. Catherine is also a sessional instructor in administrative law and federal court practice at the Leo Cussen Institute.

Catherine was listed in the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in Australia in the Labour and Employment Law category.  

Catherine was also listed in Doyles Guide 2018 in the Leading Employment & WHS Junior Counsel.

To view Catherine's CV please click here.

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Contact

PH +61 3 9225 7560
Email csymons@vicbar.com.au
FAX +61 3 9600 0320

Chambers: Room 0211
Joan Rosanove Chambers
550 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Industrial/Employment
Industrial Disputes and statutory employment rights
Work Health and Safety
Employment Contracts and Restraint of Trade
Discrimination
Public/Administrative
Privacy/Freedom of Information
Merits Review
Judicial Review and administrative law
Discrimination
Immigration Law
Civil and Human Rights

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
02 Apr 2001
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
12 May 2005

Qualifications

BA(Hons); LLB(Hons); LLM (Workplace & Employment Law)

Committee Memberships

Secretary - Industrial Bar Association