Name: Catherine Symons
Qualifications: BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) and LLM
Organisation: Castan Chambers
Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Expert Determination
I am a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. At the Bar, my practice is focused on employment, discrimination and administrative law. In my practice, I have had the opportunity to represent a number of employers and employees in a range of employment, occupational health and safety and industrial matters. I am also regularly briefed to advise and appear on behalf of government authorities. In addition to my court appearance work, I have also assisted clients with matters relating to trade practices, discrimination, franchise disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, contractual disputes and a range of employment matters such as construction of restraints of trade, redundancies, adverse action and unlawful and unfair dismissals.
I have obtained a Masters of Law, specialising in workplace relations and I am the Senior Vice President of the Industrial Bar Association. In 2008, I was awarded the Justice Pagone Prize for Tax Dispute and Written Advocacy.
I was listed in the Labour and Employment Law category of Best Lawyers in Australia for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
I really enjoy mediation because it creates the environment and opportunity to achieve a pragmatic, timely and cost-effective outcome whilst preserving to the greatest extent, the relationships that underpin the dispute.
Employment, industrial relations and discrimination (Discrimination, Employment, Equal opportunity), Government and administrative law (Commonwealth employment, Freedom of Information (FOI), Immigration, Judicial review and merits review, Public administration and governance, Statutory interpretation)