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Catherine Follett


08 8161 5088

Languages: English, French, Portugese

Links: LinkedIn

Catherine began her career as a Judge’s Associate in 1996 following which she worked for the Attorney General’s Department for 4 years.

In 2001, Catherine moved to private practice focusing on criminal defence. Catherine moved to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 2005, spending two years as the Immigration Manager for the Australian Embassy in Vientiane.

From 2009, Catherine was Country Manager of the Lao office of McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers, where she remained working in the Mining & Energy sector before returning to Australia in 2013. Catherine continued to work for McDonald Steed McGrath out of its Adelaide office covering both commercial, resources and immigration law.

In 2017, Catherine became owner and Director of MSM Legal.

Drawing on her commercial experience representing international investors and organisations negotiating high value mining and hydropower investments in South East Asia, as well as her criminal law experience, Catherine now advises on a wide-range of immigration law issues for both corporate and individual clients at primary application stage and at appeal. Catherine was named a leading immigration lawyer in Doyle’s Guide 2021.

Catherine also heads up MSM Legal’s Wills & Estates practice and advises on drafting wills and other testamentary documents as well as contested estates.



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


  • 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
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Law (Wills & Estates), College of Law

Practice Areas

  • Migration & Citizenship
  • Wills & Estates
  • Corporate & Commercial

Proudly associated with:

Doyle's Guide 2021: Mitchell Simmons & Catherine Follett - Leading Immigration Lawyers
Law Society SA: Mitchell Simmons – Accredited Migration Law Specialist

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