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Kathryn Finlayson

Partner
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MinterEllison

Brisbane, Australia
    Local Time: Thursday 09:04

Practice Expertise

  • Competition and market regulation
  • Corporate
  • Litigation and disputes
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Areas of Practice

  • Competition and market regulation
  • Corporate
  • Litigation and disputes
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Profile

I have represented clients in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and work with government and commercial clients to resolve matters on commercially acceptable terms where it is possible to do so. I pride myself on being easy to work with, calm under pressure and responsive to deadlines. I also have a background in media law and defamation, copyright and software licensing matters.

Career highlights

  • Wilmar Sugar Australia - achieved a favourable award the first deemed arbitration with sugar growers after controversial amendments to the Sugar Industry Act 1999 (Qld)
  • Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal – resolved the largest restitution claim ever filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland (worth more than $400 million with a counterclaim of more than $600 million) in an out-of-court settlement
  • Ergon Energy – acted in relation to the company’s 2010–15 and 2015–20 regulatory pricing reset processes, including proceedings in the Australian Competition Tribunal
  • Queensland Ballet – contributed to the firm’s partnership with the ballet company, advising on all aspects of corporate governance, contracts, media and intellectual property
  • Passionately committed to women in the law, acting as a mentor to junior female lawyers, and previously as President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (2011–2013)

Publications

Education
BA (UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, 2000); LLB (HONS I) (UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, 2003); BEC (UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, 2003); LLM (UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, 2011); GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF LEGAL PRACTICE (COLLEGE OF LAW)

Areas of Practice

  • Competition and market regulation
  • Corporate
  • Litigation and disputes

Articles

  • Force majeure and the resources industry - managing the impact of COVID-19
    The ripple effects of COVID-19 will continue to be felt in the Australian resources industry as contracting parties make ongoing commercial and operational decisions in uncertain and evolving circumstances. This article gives resources operators a framework within which to consider these issues and strategies to protect their interests.
  • Autocomplete suggestions: Did you mean 'copyright infringement'?
    The rise of the internet brings with it new ways of infringing the law and poses challenges to those defending their intellectual property rights. A recent High Court case may have relevant implications for copyright infringement actions.
  • Renewable Energy 2022: Australian laws and regulations

    Expert analysis of the Australian renewable energy sector as featured in ICLG - Renewable Energy 2022. The chapter covers the common issues in renewable energy laws and regulations, and commentary on industry dynamics from government support, regulatory reform, to foreign investment requirements.

  • A new frontier: unfair contract laws for small business contracts in a university context
  • Managing cartel risks arising from COVID-19 in the health sector

    While the health sector is being called on respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in unprecedented ways, there is no automatic 'public interest' exemption to our competition law where businesses coordinate or act collectively.

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