Full Name: Catherine Dermody
Phone:+61 3 9225 6626
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 1420
Date of Admission: 17 Dec 1999
Called to the Bar: 23 Oct 2014
Nationally Accredited Mediator: 8 Feb 2018
Qualifications: LLM, BA/LLB (Hons), PGDip EU Competition Law, GradDipEc


Catherine Dermody comes to the Bar with significant experience in competition and regulatory law, with a focus on network regulation, and merits and judicial review of regulatory decisions.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine was a partner in the Competition and Regulatory practice at Gilbert + Tobin. Catherine was at Gilbert + Tobin for almost eight years, working in both the Sydney and Melbourne offices, and was made a partner in January 2010.

As a solicitor, Catherine specialised in regulatory law, in particular in the energy and telecommunications sectors. Catherine acted for both regulators and regulated entities in revenue and pricing matters as well as in judicial and merits reviews of regulatory decisions before appeals bodies, including the Australian Competition Tribunal.

Catherine has domestic and international experience in designing and advising on the implementation of competition and regulatory frameworks. Her international experience has been gained in diverse jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu.

Catherine also has experience in the public sector, commencing her career as a Graduate at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 1998. She worked in both the Canberra and Melbourne offices, primarily in the area of telecommunications consumer protection and regulation. After six years at the ACCC, Catherine spent two years as a legal advisor at the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets in London.

Catherine is a co-author of Access Regulation in Australia (Thomson Reuters 2016).

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Areas of Practice


  • Competition
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Telecommunications and Broadcasting

Committee Memberships

  • Assistant Secretary - Commercial Bar Association - Energy
From 23 Oct 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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