Qualification(s): LLB, BA (Hons)
Kate McCutcheon is an employment lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's Melbourne office. She represents employees from a wide range of backgrounds with employment-related legal issues and disputes and is listed by the prestigious Doyles Guide as part of the only first tier law firm for employee & trade union representation in Victoria in 2017.
Kate has more than seven years' experience in employment law and industrial relations, including working for trade unions as an organiser and industrial officer, and for an industry super fund. She decided to have a career change and joined Maurice Blackburn as a trainee lawyer in 2014, working in our superannuation and insurance, and compensation departments. She also has experience in class actions. Kate was admitted as a lawyer and has been a member of our employment department since 2015.
Kate is passionate about protecting and advancing employee rights and entitlements. She is particularly skilled in advocacy and negotiation, and has represented employees at the Fair Work Commission in dispute applications and termination of employment, and at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in discrimination and sexual harassment claims. She has also represented a union in bargaining matters.
Kate decided to become a lawyer after she discovered a keen interest in industrial and employment law while working as an industrial officer, and she enjoys meeting clients and representing people in such a diverse range of situations.
"I offer clients a lot of hands-on practical experience in resolving employment and industrial disputes gained by working at trade unions," says Kate.
"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."