Katie E.Mead


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Katie Mead is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, with a global practice focused on the resolution of major construction and engineering disputes. She has significant experience acting for principals and contractors in preparation for arbitration and litigation proceedings and is recognized as one of Western Australia's leading construction lawyers by legal publications. Katie has successfully represented clients in relation to several of the largest project disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Katie acts for clients on high-value onshore and offshore construction projects throughout the world. Katie has worked on a range of projects involving mining, oil and gas, renewables, pipelines, processing plants, and marine construction. She has particular experience running complex international arbitrations and has conducted arbitrations seated in multiple jurisdictions. Additionally, Katie represents clients in Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation proceedings.

Katie also provides strategic project advice to a number of clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors. She has significant experience acting as project counsel, assisting clients in navigating issues throughout the course of a project to avoid formal dispute resolution proceedings wherever possible, and ultimately achieving successful project completion.

Katie serves as the pro bono partner in the Perth Office and has provided pro bono assistance in many matters while at the Firm. She also chairs the Perth Office's Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee.

Katie is on the Partnership Committee for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and is an active member of the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA), ArbitralWomen, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


  • U.S.-based oil and gas company prevails in recent Gorgon project arbitrationJones Day successfully represented the Owner in an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration arising from one of the world's largest LNG projects, and the largest single resource project in Australia's history.
  • Tri-Star litigates joint venture disputes in AustraliaJones Day is acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company, an independent oil and gas explorer, in multiple court proceedings concerning joint ventures in Queensland for the production of coal seam gas.
  • Family of child with Down syndrome quashes invalid visa refusal in the Federal Court of AustraliaJones Day has been acting pro bono for Ms. Kim Dang and her family since 2016.
  • Duro Felguera prevails in international arbitration arising out of Roy Hill Iron Ore ProjectJones Day successfully acted for Duro Felguera Australia Pty Ltd. in a significant international arbitration with Samsung C&T Corporation arising out of the US$10 billion Roy Hill Iron Ore Project.
  • ICWA and JN Taylor Finance (in liquidation) challenge liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim admitted over 20 years agoJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA") in proceedings commenced by JN Taylor Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and ICWA in the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking to reverse a liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim that was admitted in the liquidation of The Bell Group Limited in the amount of approximately $291 million over 20 years ago.
  • ICWA protects its interests as creditor and funder in Bell Group liquidationsJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), a Western Australian government entity, in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the distribution to creditors of over $1.8 billion in the liquidations of the Bell Group.
  • MacDow defends subcontractor's claims for breach of contractJones Day is defending breach of contract claims made against McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (MacDow) by a subcontractor performing works for MacDow at the Mooka Ore Car Repair Shop Project.
  • International offshore contractor manages disputes with owner and subcontractorJones Day is advising an international offshore contractor in relation to alleged defects procured by a subcontractor on the Ichthys Project.
  • Monadelphous litigates in Supreme Court of Western AustraliaJones Day acted for Monadelphous KT Pty Ltd. in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia (and two adjudications) concerning the construction of the Fortescue River Gas Pipeline Project, a 270km pipeline connecting the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to Fortescue Metal’s Solomon Hub mine.