- Bachelor of Arts (Hons); Bachelor of Laws (Hons); LLM (Workplace Relations and Employment Law)
- Level 6 Room 11
Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William Street Melbourne
- 03 9225 7560
- Mobile Phone:
- 0410 483 350
- 03 9225 8668
- Signed Bar Roll:
- Admitted in Victoria:
Catherine Symons practises predominantly in 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, discrimination 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 Magistrates 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 and unlawful and unfair dismissals.
Catherine has recently obtained a Masters of Law, specialising in workplace relations. In 2008, Catherine was awarded the Justice Pagone Prize for Tax Disputes and Written Advocacy. Catherine is also a sessional instructor in administrative law and federal court practice at the Leo Cussen Institute and was previously a tutor in law to students at Ormond College, University of Melbourne.
Industrial Bar Association, Climate Change and Environmental Law Panel
Croeske v Moffat Pty Ltd  AIRC 45
John Conlon v Regency - PR962010  AIRC 778
MZYJF v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 119
MZYED v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 1433
SZNPD v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 1555
MZYDI v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 1351
MZYBY v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 1350
Hadiuzzaman v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 1015
Dai v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FMCA 1345
MZXMD v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship  FCA 769
MZXMC v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship  FCA 768
MZXME v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship  FCA 767
SZHOK v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship (Corrigendum dated 4 June 2007)  FCA 666
Aindla v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FMCA 1885
MZXFW v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 1567
MZXEC v Minister For Immigration And Multicultural Affairs  FCA 1483
Wahab v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 421
Callejo and Department of Immigration and Citizenship  AATA 244
A v K Ltd & Z (Anti-Discrimination)  VCAT 261
Hamley v Director of Housing (Anti Discrimination)  VCAT 1071
McDougall v Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd (Anti Discrimination)  VCAT 2211
Darebin Community Legal Centre (Anti Discrimination Exemption)  VCAT 2137
Gunns Ltd & Ors v Marr & Ors (No 5)  VSC 284 - Practice And Procedure - Trial by jury or by judge sitting without a jury - Supreme Court Rules r 47.02
Brown v Forestry Tasmania (No 4)  FCA 1729; (2006) 157 FCR 1 (led by D. Mortimer SC) - application for injunction to restrain contravention of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) - forestry operations - Wielangta State forest - threatened species.
Forestry Tasmania v Brown  FCAFC 186; (2007) 167 FCR 34 (led by D. Mortimer SC)