Katharine Brown

Katharine Brown

  • Bar: 2021


Level 2, 550 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Katharine has a broad trial and appellate practice that includes public, criminal and commercial law.  

Before coming to the Bar, Katharine was an associate to the Hon Justice Gageler AC at the High Court of Australia. She was also a Senior Solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions, and a Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. She holds a Master of Laws from Duke University and has lectured Evidence Law in the JD programs at Melbourne and Monash Universities. 

Some notable matters Katharine has been briefed in since coming to the Bar include: 

·        Asmar v Albanese [2022] VSCA 19 — Led by Ron Merkel QC, with Emrys Nekvapil and Colette Mintz — Electoral Acts; Trusts Law; Unincorporated Associations. 

·        Waratah Coal v Youth Verdict (Land Court of Queensland, ongoing) —Led by Saul Holt QC with Emrys Nekvapil and Kelsey McAuliffe Lake — Environmental law; Human rights.

·        AZC20 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, reserved) — With Matthew Albert — Administrative Law; Migration; Statutory Interpretation.  

·        Pleas, bail applications and proceedings arising under the Serious Offenders Act 2018 (Vic) in the County and Supreme Courts (unled). 

Katharine is also regularly briefed to advise, led and unled, across a range of areas including complex criminal proceedings, torts, discrimination, and statutory interpretation. 

Katharine is reading with Emrys Nekvapil and her senior mentor is Peter Morrissey SC.

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