Full Name: Ms Catherine M Dermody
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0410541293
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 advises and appears in a range of commercial and public law matters, with a focus on the energy, transport, telecommunications and water sectors.  She is regularly instructed by both regulators and regulated entities in these areas and appears before judicial bodies, as well as administrative tribunals and specialist dispute resolution panels.  Catherine is identified as a recommended junior counsel in the 2017 Doyles list of Australian leading competition law barristers.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine was a Partner in the Competition and Regulation group at Gilbert + Tobin.  As a solicitor, Catherine specialised in regulatory law acting 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. She worked 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).

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law

Common Law

  • Judicial Review

Energy Law & Resources Law

  • Electricity
  • Gas


Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review

Technology Law & Media Law

  • Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications

Committee Memberships

  • (Assistant Secretary) Energy
From 23 Oct 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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