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Katharine Philp

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P.   +61 7 3004 3536
O.   Brisbane

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About Katharine

Katharine heads the Health Law practice group in Brisbane and is highly regarded for her expertise in Health Law and Medical Negligence. 

She has 30 years experience defending personal injury actions across various Australian jurisdictions and has conducted health law related matters for over 20 years. Her expertise includes the successful defence of claims against doctors taken to trial in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland, Coronial investigations and inquests, Health Quality & Complaints Commission complaints and investigations, disciplinary action and investigations by regulators, mandatory reporting issues, disputes with specialist colleges and professional insurance and indemnity issues.

By reason of TressCox’s role as the AMA Queensland’s preferred legal provider, Katharine is an experienced advisor to the medical profession and understands the special legal issues that can arise in private and public medical practice. Katharine also has experience acting for employers, appearing as counsel in the Industrial Relations jurisdiction, as well as advising and acting for architects, liquidators and local governments.

She regularly writes articles on recent developments and is sought out to provide presentations on Health Law for the medical profession.


Katharine's Achievements & Credentials

Katharine was selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014/15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers® Australia for Health & Aged Care and the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014/15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions for Medical Negligence. In 2018 Katharine was selected for 'Lawyer of the Year' for Health & Aged Care - Brisbane.

Katharine was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014/15) for Insurance. She was also listed in the Doyles Legal Guide in the Preeminent tier of the ‘Leading Medical Negligence Lawyers (Defendant) – Brisbane, 2015' and listed in the Leading tier of the ’Leading Medical Negligence & Malpractice Lawyers (Defendant) – Queensland, 2016’.

From mid 1996 to mid 1997 Katharine spent 12 months as an international development volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, through the Australian Volunteers Abroad program (now Australian Volunteers International). During this time Katharine worked as Crown Counsel in the office of Attorney-General of Tuvalu. Amongst other things Katharine advised the government with respect to a constitutional crises whilst the Attorney-General was out of the country, and the sale of the domain name “.tv”.

In 2002 Katharine was awarded a Masters of Health and Medical Law from the University of Melbourne.

Katharine is a Director of the AMAQ Foundation, a member of the AMA Queensland Medico-Legal and Ethics Committee, a member of Queensland Public Law Clearing House (QPILCH) Management Committee and a member of the Queensland Law Society Health and Disabilities Committee. She was the President of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland Inc from 2012 to 2014 and served on the West Moreton HHS HREC from 2010 to 2015.

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