Catherine is a barrister at Griffith Chambers. She has a broad commercial practice, with a focus on real property disputes, construction disputes, equity, insolvency and administrative law. As a native Mandarin-speaker with Chinese and Taiwanese heritage, Catherine also specialises in cross-cultural disputes and cross-jurisdictional matters involving Mandarin-speaking litigants and assets in Asia.
Prior to her call to the Bar, Catherine practised as a solicitor in commercial litigation, building and construction, and property law at national mid-sized and boutique commercial firms. She has also practised as an employed barrister in the Litigation and Administrative Law team of the Department of Housing and Public Works where she represented the State of Queensland in civil litigation.
A founding member of the AALA Queensland Branch in 2016, Catherine hopes that AALA can provide the mentoring and networks for early career lawyers and law students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who might otherwise not have extensive contacts in the legal industry. Catherine also sits on the Bar Association of Queensland's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee.
Catherine is passionate about improving access to justice, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse litigants. She accepts pro bono briefs through LawRight and volunteers as duty lawyer at its Enforcement Hearing Service and Fair Work Settlement Conference Program. She also undertakes pro bono work for refugees in judicial review proceedings of protection visa decisions.