Practice area(s): Employment law services
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB, BA (Hons)

Kate McCutcheon is currently on maternity leave, returning January 2022

Kate McCutcheon is an experienced employment and industrial lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, based at the Melbourne office. She represents employees from a wide range of backgrounds with employment-related legal issues and disputes.

Kate has a trade union background and joined Maurice Blackburn as a trainee lawyer in 2014, working in our superannuation and insurance, and compensation departments.

Kate was admitted as a lawyer and has been a member of our employment practice since 2015.

She has a keen interest in finding practical solutions to legal issues for her clients and has extensive experience in both settlement negotiations and litigation.

“I pride myself on giving my clients expert advice on their legal rights in a wide range of areas – including termination, discrimination, contract and disciplinary matters – and obtaining for them the best possible outcome so they can move on with their lives.”

“Having worked in several other Maurice Blackburn practice areas, I can also give clients additional information about other potential legal claims they may have. I'm driven to help get our clients the best possible outcome and assist them through a time of their lives that is often very stressful.”

Among the cases she has worked on, Kate has:

  • obtained an injunction to prevent the sacking of a senior nurse in circumstances where the employer had not complied with the enterprise agreement;
  • represented a senior executive in a workplace investigation and succeeded in having the employer withdraw allegations to allow the client to continue in their employment;
  • represented a client against their former employer to successfully defend a claim of breaching a post-employment restraint, which allowed the client to continue in their new employment;
  • negotiated substantial financial settlements for clients in relation to discrimination claims; and
  • negotiated substantial financial settlements for numerous clients in unfair dismissal and general protections dismissal applications filed with the Fair Work Commission.


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Lawyers Alliance