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About Katherine

Katherine is an experienced litigator and advocate with a strong background in administrative and criminal law.

What she does

Katherine regularly appears in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia for Commonwealth Government entities in matters involving statutory interpretation, merits review and judicial review.

Her experience extends to debt enforcement proceedings, civil penalty proceedings, coronial inquiries and intervention order matters.

Who she works with

Katherine works with Commonwealth Government entities.

Work done recently

Katherine has a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Canberra.  

Life before Sparkes

Katherine began her career as a solicitor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW, where she prepared hundreds of serious indictable matters for trial and appeared for the Crown in matters ranging from sentences to mentions.

Katherine worked in Sparke Helmore's Government Group between 2008 and 2013. Before re-joining Sparke Helmore in November 2016, Katherine was a Senior Associate at Mills Oakley where she worked in the Government & Administrative Law team and the Commercial Disputes & Insolvency team. During this time, she represented the liquidator of Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) on the recovery of its $500 million loan book following the collapse of the Timbercorp Managed Investment Schemes.

Life outside of Sparkes

Katherine enjoys eating, laughing and drinking fine wine with her friends. She loves to travel, particularly to Europe in summer, spending time at the beach and exploring vineyards. At other times, Katherine can be found with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other.