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Katie E. Gothard-Leigh


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  • University of Melbourne (currently completing an LL.M. with expected graduation in 2020; Frank Pinkerton Award for the highest achievement in Advanced Construction Law 2019); University of Western Australia (LL.B with distinction 2011; B.A. in English Literature 2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Western Australia; Federal Court of Australia; High Court of Australia

Katie Gothard-Leigh's practice focuses on dispute resolution involving major resources, projects, and construction. She has significant experience acting for principals, contractors, and subcontractors in preparation for arbitration, litigation, and rapid adjudications under security for payment legislation. Katie also provides strategic advice to a range of domestic and international clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Katie's recent experience includes acting for contractors and principals in relation to some of the largest project disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. She has particular experience in extension of time, variation, and delay claims on construction projects, as well as in statutory misleading or deceptive conduct claims.

Katie has recently worked for clients on a range of high-value onshore and offshore construction projects, with a focus on disputes relating to delay, changes in scope, defective works, and contracts involving international procurement of specialised equipment. She has represented clients in Supreme and Federal Court litigation proceedings as well as domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings and has particular experience under the SIAC rules.

Katie has provided pro bono assistance in a variety of matters while at the Firm and is a member of the Jones Day Perth Pro Bono Committee.

Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • Doyle's Guide — "Rising Star" in the field of construction and infrastructure (2018 and 2019)

    Lawyers Weekly "Australian Law Awards" — Senior Associate of the Year (2018)

    Lawyers Weekly "Women in Law Awards" — Finalist, Senior Associate of the Year (2018)

    Lawyer Monthly — Women in Law Award for Dispute Resolution (2017)
Katie Gothard-Leigh