Practice area(s): Social justice
Location(s): Melbourne
Qualification(s): LLB (Hons), BA

Katie Robertson is a Senior Associate in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office, working on social justice cases.

“I am passionate about representing those often silenced or overlooked by the law, and in furthering causes of social justice,” says Katie.

“Maurice Blackburn is a firm that is not afraid to stand up for what matters. I feel proud to work for a firm that truly believes in social justice, and is not afraid to take a stand about what is the right thing to do.”

Katie’s key cases include the Baby Ferouz matter which involved successfully preventing the transfer of over 100 Australian born asylum seekers and their families to Nauru, ultimately securing their release from immigration detention. She also successfully acted in a class action on behalf of intellectually disabled workers who were underpaid by the Federal Government under a discriminatory wage assessment tool called BSWAT.

Katie’s most recent case involved a class action on behalf of asylum seekers who suffered injury while detained on Christmas Island. The lead plaintiff was a 6 year-old-girl whose claim was successfully settled for the serious harm she suffered as a result of allegedly poor medical treatment.

“I am inspired by the people I represent. Spending time with my clients and their families and sharing their stories always reminds me why I do this work, and gives me the energy to fight on,” says Katie.

After originally joining Maurice Blackburn as a trainee lawyer, Katie moved to Alice Springs where she worked at Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, before heading overseas to work as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on behalf of victims of the Khmer Rouge. She has also worked as a senior political advisor to a federal senator providing strategic advice pertaining to the Senator’s portfolios with a particular focus on Australia’s treatment of refugees.

At Maurice Blackburn, Katie has applied her extensive human rights experience in the firm's social justice practice. Never one to shy away from hard work, she is also currently completing a Masters of Public and International Law.

Katie is currently on parental leave.

Accreditations & memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member

Awards

  • Shortlisted - Australian Human Rights Commission Children’s Law Award for Outstanding Legal Representation, 2014