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 babies seeking asylum and their families to Nauru, ultimately securing their release from immigration detention. She has worked on a number of additional significant cases, including 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
  • person seeking asylum severely injured in the Manus Island riots of February 2014
  • class action on behalf of intellectually disabled workers underpaid by the federal government under a discriminatory wage assessment tool, (BSWAT)
  • case on behalf of Traditional Aboriginal Owners successfully preventing the creation of a nuclear waste dump on their land at Muckaty Station, NT, and 
  • case on behalf of the East Melbourne Fertility Control Clinic which ultimately lead to the Victorian government introducing safe access zone laws ensuring women are able to access medical care free from harassment and intimidation.

In addition to her experience at Maurice Blackburn, Katie has worked as a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Aid in Central Australia and at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on behalf of victims of war crimes. She has also worked as a senior political advisor to a federal senator, and more recently as the Humanitarian Advocacy Lead at Oxfam Australia.

At Maurice Blackburn, Katie has applied her extensive legal, advocacy and campaigns 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.

“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.

Accreditations & memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member

Awards

  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Pro Bono Program of the Year, 2018
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Children’s Law Award for Outstanding Legal Representation, shortlisted, 2014