Catherine Bell is a partner in the construction and engineering team. She has more than 20 years' experience in construction and infrastructure law, advising on major construction projects and acting in construction disputes.
Catherine acts for contractors, principals, consultants, project managers and superintendents in a variety of projects and contentious matters. Her experience includes litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution, as well as advising on project delivery, contract drafting and administration, and contract risks. She also has significant experience in security of payment disputes and advising various industry participants (including insolvency practitioners) on strategic use of rights for recovering outstanding payments under construction contracts.
In the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Catherine is listed as a leading Construction and Infrastructure lawyer.
In the 2019 edition of Doyle's Guide, Catherine is a recommended Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer.
She is a contributor to the third and fourth editions of Construction Law in Australia.
Catherine is admitted to the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Building Dispute Practitioners' Society, the Society of Construction Law Australia, and the National Association of Women in Construction. In addition to her Bachelor of Laws, Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).
Catherine joined the legal practice as a partner in 2016.