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About Catherine

Catherine leads our national Workplace Group. She advises businesses on issues relating to employment and safety in the workplace. Because she understands the industries she works with so well, she is able to anticipate and quickly come up with effective solutions for CEOs, Managing Directors, HR executives, safety professionals and in-house counsel. Catherine is also the Managing Partner of our Newcastle office.
What she does
Catherine advises on work health and safety, discrimination, unfair dismissal, bullying, grievance procedures, sexual harassment, managing workers and contractual issues. She also represents clients before federal and state courts and tribunals and advises on internal accident investigations, coronial inquests and WorkCover prosecutions.

Catherine has been acknowledged as a leading Occupational Health & Safety lawyer in AFR's Best Lawyers 2018.
Who she works with
Catherine works with clients who operate in a range of sectors including health, transport, manufacturing, mining, utilities, infrastructure and across all levels of government.
Work done recently
Qualifications
Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
Catherine has been with the firm for more than 20 years, having previously been employed as lawyer with McLachlan Chilton Lawyers in Sydney for just under two years.
Life outside of Sparkes
Like most busy parents, Catherine spends her spare time with her family enjoying the beach, sport and swimming. She enjoys holidaying with her family and going to the North Coast of NSW.