Kate Ballard


Barrister

Admitted:
19 Feb 2013
Bar:
10 May 2018
Location:
Gorman Chambers,
Level 9 460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Kate accepts briefs to appear and advise in criminal and quasi-criminal matters.

Prior to coming to the bar, Kate was employed as a solicitor advocate for over five years at Doogue & George Defence Lawyers (previously Doogue O’Brien & George).

As part of her practice at the firm, Kate appeared regularly in both contested and non-contested matters in the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and County Court. Specifically, she appeared in bail applications, pleas of guilty and sentence appeals in the County Court, contested hearings and contested committals. In addition to her appearance work, Kate managed a large and complex criminal file load with a mix of private and legal aid work including sex offences, homicides, drugs cases, violence and terrorism.

During her time as a solicitor, Kate also gained considerable experience in quasi-criminal matters including coronial inquiries and coercive hearings at the Office of the Chief Examiner. She also instructed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and appeared as counsel at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

In 2016 Kate travelled to the United States and completed a jury trial training program run by the National Criminal Defense College.

Kate is reading with Barnaby Johnston and her senior mentor is Dermot Dann QC.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

Profile1

Kate accepts briefs to appear and advise in criminal and quasi-criminal matters.

Prior to coming to the bar, Kate was employed as a solicitor advocate for over five years at Doogue & George Defence Lawyers (previously Doogue O’Brien & George).

As part of her practice at the firm, Kate appeared regularly in both contested and non-contested matters in the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and County Court. Specifically, she appeared in bail applications, pleas of guilty and sentence appeals in the County Court, contested hearings and contested committals. In addition to her appearance work, Kate managed a large and complex criminal file load with a mix of private and legal aid work including sex offences, homicides, drugs cases, violence and terrorism.

During her time as a solicitor, Kate also gained considerable experience in quasi-criminal matters including coronial inquiries and coercive hearings at the Office of the Chief Examiner. She also instructed at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and appeared as counsel at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

In 2016 Kate travelled to the United States and completed a jury trial training program run by the National Criminal Defense College.

Kate is reading with Barnaby Johnston and her senior mentor is Dermot Dann QC.