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Gilbert + Tobin

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Melbourne, NSW 2000, Perth

Kate Harrison

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Gilbert + Tobin

Work Department

Intellectual Property.


Kate is Head of the firm’s Litigation Group and specialises in commercial litigation. Kate has been involved in cases involving corporate and commercial litigation, commercial licensing and commercialisation, and intellectual property litigation. She has extensive experience in major Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Kate is currently lead partner for a major Royal Commission, which is the topic of heavy media scrutiny. Kate also represents parties in copyright, trade mark and trade practices disputes in the Federal Court/Copyright Tribunal.


UNSW Law degree, an LLM Columbia Law School, a Ph.D. Sydney University, Kate is admitted in Australia/New York. Kate returned to her partnership at the firm after a period as a Senior Adviser to Federal Government Ministers, including the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister for Defence, and the Prime Minister of Australia.


UNSW Law School Advisory Council, Copyright Society, Intellectual Property Society (INTA) In addition to her Australian admissions, Kate was admitted as an attorney and practised law in New York for several years. Before joining Gilbert + Tobin she was the founding director of the Communications Law Centre at the University of UNSW. She is now a member of the UNSW Law School Advisory Council.


Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Masters of Laws from Columbia Law School in New York and a doctorate from Sydney University.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Gilbert + Tobin has been busy handling several matters stemming from the Banking Royal Commission for key client Westpac. It is also representing insolvent Vocation in two separate class actions across two jurisdictions claiming over A$100m in damages. Notable practitioners include Andrew Floro, Kate Harrison and Crispian Lynch. Janet Whiting represented Cargill Australia, Cargill Inc. and Cargill Malt Asia Pacific in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings concerning allegations of false and misleading statements by Glencore and Viterra during the sale of a business. Practice head Richard Harris joined from Allens and the team has been further bolstered by Vicki Bell from Arnold Bloch Leibler. Mark Gerus has been called to the Bar, and Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Anti-bribery, corruption and Royal Commissions work are core strengths of the ‘highly regarded’ practice at Gilbert + Tobin. It handled high-profile matters such as representing shipping company K-Line in the first contested prosecution under the latest 2009 criminal cartel laws. The practice is also active in cross-border financial services regulatory work and advised one of Australia’s major banks on a long-running ASIC investigation into foreign exchange practices in the banking industry. The team is jointly led by Richard Harris, who joined from Allens, Luke Woodward and Elizabeth Avery. Other names to note include Andrew Floro, Crispian Lynch and Kate Harrison. Financial services expert Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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