Kathryn McMillan QC


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Kathryn was called to the Bar in 1987 and was appointed Silk in 2006. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland. In 2019, she was Lawyer’s Weekly "Woman Barrister of the Year".

Kathryn is a specialist in personal injuries (particularly cases concerning complex medical evidence), public law, disciplinary matters, discrimination proceedings together with a long-standing practice in family law and child protection proceedings. Kathryn was recognised in the 2018 Doyle’s Guide as a "leading" Queensland barrister both in the Family Law and Divorce category and the Parenting and Children’s Matters category.

She has appeared in 5 Royal Commissions/Commissions of Inquiry: the Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry (as Counsel for the Medical Board), the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (as Senior Counsel Assisting), the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry (as lead Counsel for a health authority) and the Royal Commission into Institutional Sex Abuse (as Queen’s Counsel for the State of Queensland) and the Youth Detention Review as Commissioner.

Kathryn holds a number of Ministerial appointments, including to: the Child Death Case Review Panel and until recently the Premier’s Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Council. She has previously served on the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, the Psychologists Tribunal and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Major Areas of Practice

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate
  • Equity
  • Family law and guardianship
  • Industrial/employment
  • Inquests/inquiries
  • Public/administrative

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation