LLB, BA(Hons), MA(Int Rel)
– About kathryn footner
Kathryn was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and High Court of Australia in 2000, having studied law at Flinders University of South Australia. Under the Mutual Recognition Act, she was admitted to practice in Victoria in 2010. She spent her first year following admission in a national firm practising in the area of commercial dispute resolution. It was here that Kathryn acquired skills in large scale litigation matters, having taken on the role of instructing solicitor in the Supreme Court Fisheries Litigation.
Kathryn returned to study in 2001 to complete her Honours degree in Politics. The subject of her thesis was “The Politicization of the Legal System and Erosion of Judicial Independence under ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”. Much of Kathryn’s studies focused on the Peoples Republic of China, following a period studying Chinese Commercial Law in Beijing through the Chinese University of Political Science and Law. She went on to complete a Masters degree in International Relations, submitting a dissertation entitled “Empires of the Steppes – China’s Response to changing security and energy dynamics in Central Asia since September 11”.
Whilst undertaking her post graduate studies, Kathryn worked as a legal liability consultant with a leading claim investigation and assessment provider. Her role required her to conduct investigations and prepare comprehensive reports in relation to public liability, product liability, construction liability, medical negligence and Workers’ Compensation. This led to her accepting a position of Dispute Resolution Officer with a WorkCover insurer, where she provided legal technical support to case managers, representation in the Workers Compensation Tribunal and instructed the panel of external legal providers.
The internal workings of a WorkCover insurer then prompted Kathryn to take on the role of representing injured workers. She commenced as a solicitor with a boutique Adelaide law firm, initially in the area of workers compensation, but soon she broadened her practice areas to employment, family, commercial, CTP (motor vehicle accidents) and wills and estates.
In 2007, Kathryn was offered a position with a Melbourne legal firm on the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) panel and she subsequently moved to Victoria. Kathryn represented the VWA in serious injury applications, common law damages claims, statutory benefits litigation (including rejected claims, weekly payments disputes, medical and like expenses disputes) and Section 138 recovery proceedings brought by the VWA against third parties.
Kathryn gained experience undertaking legal work for self-insurers in the state-based workers compensation scheme before accepting a role with a national firm representing insurers. She was fortunate enough to gain exposure to a wide variety of matters involving claims brought under the Wrongs Act, as well as defending recovery proceedings brought under the Accident Compensation Act and Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act.
Kathryn’s desire to assist people surged and she returned to work for an injury compensation firm in 2015, again representing personal injury clients. In 2016, the opportunity arose for Kathryn, together with her husband, Leigh Wren, to create their own law firm and promote the values that they embrace.
Throughout her career, Kathryn has devoted time to volunteering at the Peninsula and Central Highlands Community Legal Centres. She has held various committee positions including being a member of both the Accident Compensation and Law Asia Committees of the Law Society of South Australia, executive committee member of the Australian China Friendship Society (SA Branch), Secretary and then Vice President of Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, Australian Lawyers Alliance, the Ballarat District Lawyers Association and currently sits on the Animal Welfare Committee in the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her horses and has a keen interest in food, wine and travel.
Kathryn’s experience gives her a unique outlook that will give you a distinct advantage. She is responsive, approachable and will provide you with honest advice.
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