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Catherine Gleeson SC

Bachelor of Arts - University of Sydney
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - University of Sydney
Bachelor of Civil Law - University of Oxford


Admitted to the Bar 2009

Appointed Senior Counsel 2023


Catherine regularly appears, both led and unled, in trials and appeals throughout Australia in all areas of commercial and criminal law.

Catherine’s practice includes appearing in large class actions in the Supreme and Federal Courts; advising and appearing in shipping, transport, and aviation matters, for which she is recognised in numerous industry guides; appearing unled in criminal trials and appeals; and appearing in numerous commissions of inquiry and private examinations before regulators, including appearing as junior counsel assisting in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Prior to coming to the Bar in 2009, Catherine was a senior associate and solicitor at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and practised in commercial litigation.

Catherine completed a Bachelor of Civil Laws at the University of Oxford in 2007, following which she worked at Clyde & Co in London focussing on large international commercial disputes.

Catherine is an active member of the New South Wales Bar Association, serving regularly on Bar Council and a number of committees. Catherine is the Secretary of the Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section and a member of the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Administrative Law
    • Admiralty and Maritime
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Aviation and Transportation Law
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Class Actions
    • Competition and Consumer
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Cross-border Insolvency
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • International Law
    • Product liability
    • Professional liability
    • Shareholder class actions
    • Sports law
    • Trade Practices
  • Common Law See all +Close -
    • Class Actions
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Product liability
    • Professional liability
    • Sports law
  • Criminal See all +Close -
    • Appellate
    • Fraud
    • White collar and corporate crime
  • Inquests and Inquiries See all +Close -
    • Commissions of Inquiry
    • Coronial Inquests
  • Public and Administrative Law See all +Close -
    • Appellate
    • Disciplinary Proceedings
    • Judicial review and administrative law
    • Public law


Banks & Financial Services, Defence, Government, Healthcare, Transport and Infrastructure,

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Whos Who Legal 2023

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2023 Bar Council

The New South Wales Bar Association Bar Council for 2023 election results have been announced. New Chambers congratulates Kate Eastman AM SC and Catherine…

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2022 Bar Council

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Who’s Who Legal

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2021 Bar Council

The New South Wales Bar Association recently announced the results for the election of the 2021 Bar Council. Kate Eastman SC and Catherine Gleeson…

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2020 Bar Council

Congratulations to Kate Eastman SC, Catherine Gleeson and Sonia Tame who have been elected to New South Wales Bar Association Bar Council for 2020.

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