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Katherine Farrell Bar : 2017| Admitted : 2013

Katherine accepts briefs in all criminal, quasi-criminal and disciplinary matters

Phone : 9225 7222

Email :

Chambers : Gorman Chambers


Katherine accepts briefs in all criminal, quasi-criminal and disciplinary matters. She also accepts briefs in relation to proceeds of crime and confiscations proceedings, public enquiries and coronial inquests. She does not accept direct access briefs.

Katherine regularly appears in both the summary and indictable jurisdictions in bail applications (including extradition bail), contested hearings, committals, trials, pleas and appeals.

Katherine was junior counsel for Mr Cvetanovski in the Court of Appeal and played a pivotal role in his successful bail application and appeal against conviction for serious drug offences. The Court of Appeal quashed Mr Cvetanovski’s conviction and entered a judgement of acquittal after it was discovered that the police had been making secret payments to the key witness in his case.

Katherine also specialises in written advocacy and drafting advice for criminal, sentencing and evidentiary matters, including Court of Appeal matters.

Katherine holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Katherine was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Beale in the Supreme Court of Victoria (Trial Division). Katherine has also worked as a registry lawyer in the Court of Appeal Registry and as Senior Associate to Judicial Registrar Pedley.

Katherine is a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School where she teaches Advanced Evidence Law in the Law Masters Program.

Katherine graduated from the University of Canberra in 2012 with a Bachelor of Forensic Studies and First Class Honours in Law. Katherine was the recipient of the ACT Women’s Lawyers Prize for being the top female law graduate.

Katherine read with Christopher Carr SC. Her Senior Mentor was Her Honour Judge Fox QC.


Memberships & Committees

Victorian Bar



  • ‘New or fresh: a big difference’ Law Institute Journal January/February 2017. This article discusses the importance and consequences of the distinction between fresh and new evidence on appeal.
  • ‘Let the sentence fit the crime’ Law Institute Journal October 2015 89 (10). This article was shortlisted for the 2016 Rogers Legal Writing Award. It discusses recent Court of Appeal authorities on sentencing in the context of domestic violence.

To get in touch with Katherine Farrell | or for more information please contact the Clerk on:

+61 3 9225

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