Kate Waterford has worked in civil litigation since 2002, and specialises in medical negligence litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation). In July 2017, Kate was promoted to Special Counsel with the firm.
Kate is currently undertaking a PhD in Law at the ANU. She holds two Master’s Degrees, in Law (ANU) and Commerce (Accounting) (UNSW), in addition to her Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics) from the University of Sydney.
In her medical negligence and personal injury practice, Kate enjoys having the opportunity to help people whose lives have been devastated by injury. Through her many years of working with claimants and their families, Kate has developed a deep understanding of the many ways that such injuries can impact a claimant’s life; and how to achieve proper compensation for them.
As a mediator, Kate draws on her experiences of living in various Asian and European countries, and on her studies in cross-cultural communication and dispute resolution, to help people find solutions that work for them. Kate speaks fluent Spanish and several other languages.
Before joining our firm, Kate had worked as a university lecturer in business law and financial management; and as a senior legal and policy adviser to educational institutions and not-for-profit companies. This gave her the opportunity to work with a wide range of government and non-government agencies, including multinational banks.
Kate grew up in Canberra and is active in the local community, through her volunteer work. She currently serves as a board director for one of Australia’s highest-profile not-for-profit companies, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and Women on Boards. She is also active on committees with the ACT Law Society, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Australian Society for Association Executives and others.