Kate Brandon

Kate specialises in dispute resolution and regulatory compliance with a particular focus on the energy and resources, construction and agricultural sectors.

Kate provides advice on all aspects of her clients’ operations and has acted in a number of significant commercial disputes.

Kate has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Mining Law and Oil & Gas Law. Kate was also named as a Rising Star for Energy and Resources by Doyle’s Guide in 2016.

Experience

Kate’s litigation experience includes:

  • Acting for 61 South Australian local government councils and the State of South Australia (the public lighting customers) in obtaining an arbitrated determination from the Australian Energy Regulator in respect of public lighting pricing under the Australian Energy Law for the 2005-2010 regulatory period resulting in a repayment of $13 million to the public lighting customers;
  • Acting for Australian Vintage Limited in relation to a leasing dispute over the largest vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere including an application to the New South Wales Supreme Court to set aside an Expert Determination and subsequent successful appeal to the New South Wales Court of Appeal on a question of law;
  • Acting as defence counsel for a third party in a significant misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of contract claim against Viterra and Glencore by Cargill, Inc arising from alleged misrepresentations during the acquisition of JWM Malt business; and
  • Acting in a joint venture dispute in the South Australian Supreme Court over the Four Mile uranium deposit.

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