Kate was admitted as a solicitor in 1997. She commenced her career in the heart of Sydney where she spent most of her days in the Local Court, Supreme Court and Federal Court engaged in civil litigation matters for her clients.
Subsequently she practiced as a “foreign lawyer” in Alberta, Canada for 4 years, and then returned to practice law in Australia on the Sunshine Coast.
Areas of expertise
Much of her work relates to Conveyancing and Wills/Estates and Family Law matters.
In 2011 after returning to Australia with her family Kate joined a Gympie firm where she built on her experience and developed her skills in family law. It was also at this time that she became interested in the emergent field of animal law and joined the solicitor’s pro bono panel of the RSPCA.
In 2016, the opportunity to again run her own practice arose, and CastleGate Law came into being. From the beginning, CastleGate Law has focussed on conveyancing, commercial property transactions, Wills and Estates, Family Law and Animal Law.
Kate’s conveyancing and property law experience is extensive and broad. She has many clients who have worked with her for years and include farming businesses, corporate clients, family businesses and private clients across Queensland. She acts for buyers and sellers of rural properties, residential and commercial properties and businesses, as well for lessors and lessees of commercial leases.
The scale and breadth of Kate’s Family Law works extends from straight forward divorces to divorces involving separation under the one roof; child support agreements; financial agreements and reaching agreements through negotiations, mediation, collaborative practice and through the Court process. She has experience in dealing with married relationships, de facto relationships and same-sex relationships.
In addition, Kate has had many years’ experience with estate planning, wills and the administration of deceased estates along with estate disputes.
Kate is a practical lawyer, preferring to hone swiftly in on the issues in dispute and deal with them with all the experience and competency that she has gained over the years – and in a caring and clear way that her clients can understand and appreciate.
In complex litigation matters such as family law disputes, she can be forceful if required while all the time making it clear to her clients that she is by their side through what is often a stressful ordeal.
Kate often thinks she is a horticulturist at heart as she spends most of her spare time in the garden. She is also an avid reader and enjoys caring for her menagerie of animals on her small hobby farm.
Her dog Yogi often visits the Gympie office to help greet our clients, but don’t expect that Oreo the Office Cat will be around on those days!
Kate was awarded a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University in 1995, Bachelor of Laws in 1996 (Macquarie University) and Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law in St Leonards in 1997.
She is a member of the Law Society of Queensland.