CATHERINE M STEWART, JD, LLM (UQ), BA, DipEd, MEd (UMelb)
Catherine is a Brisbane based lawyer and the founder of Queensland Legal Practice. Catherine holds the degrees of Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from the University of Queensland and has other degrees in Education from the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University. She is also a former Associate to a Supreme Court Justice.
A large proportion of Catherine’s work focuses on family-related matters, including divorce, children, property settlements, domestic violence and child protection. Catherine’s goal is to help families of all shapes and sizes thrive, despite the legal and financial difficulties that arise from separation and divorce, child custody disputes, and domestic violence. As a former Special Education Teacher and Educational Psychologist, Catherine has also taken a special interest in professional discipline matters, educational law and also regularly practices in criminal law and traffic matters. This means that she has the experience needed to provide representation for cases which go to trial, including family law cases and other complex matters. However, Catherine also has a strong background in mediation and wherever possible aims to settle matters for her clients: she will only take matters to court as a last resort.
Catherine prides herself in being adaptable to each individual situation. She works tirelessly to find workable solutions for her clients, regardless of whether she is working on the fair distribution of assets in a divorce, on legal protection for a victim of abuse or anyone going through the trauma of a professional misconduct process.
Catherine’s philosophy is to excel in her profession, have empathy for others particularly those involved in legal proceedings and to provide first-rate and zealous legal services. Catherine is passionate about her clients and strives to obtain the best possible outcomes for them at all times.