Catherine’s practice areas span all areas of the firm.

Catherine is an experienced commercial lawyer and a Registered Migration Agent. Catherine joined McDonald Steed McGrath (as it then was) in 2009, when she opened up our overseas office in the Lao PDR, where she lived between 2005 and 2013. Catherine became Director of MSM Legal in 2017.

Catherine has significant experience representing international investors in the mining and energy sectors in large scale investments in mainland South East Asia. These projects have involved, among others, the negotiation of concession agreements with local governments, joint venture and shareholder agreements, power purchase agreements and securities documents.  She has also given expert evidence on the Lao legal system in international arbitration.

In Adelaide, she focuses on wide-ranging migration advice for clients both at primary application stage, and at appeal.

Catherine oversees MSM Legal’s wills and estates and commercial practices.

Her languages include English, French and Portugese and has a wide list of current and past memberships including:

  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Women Lawyers Association
  • Women At The Table
  • President, YMCA Walkerville
  • Board Member, YMCA Australia
  • Australian Institute of Administrative Law


Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide
Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice, University of South Australia
Masters of Public and International Law, University of Melbourne
Registered Migration Agent 1569380

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