T: + 61 2 9236 8677

E: kate.eastman@stjames.net.au

T: + 61 2 9236 8642 (Assistant)

E: mkortum@stjames.net.au

W: www.kateeastman.com



Kate Eastman SC was admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and began practice as a barrister in 1998. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012.

Kate was ranked by Doyles Guide as a Leading Senior Counsel in Employment Law in 2014 and a Preeminent Senior Counsel in Employment, Industrial & WHS for NSW in 2015 and 2016, and a Leading Senior Counsel in Employment & WHS for Australia in 2016.


Between 1991 to 1995, Kate was a solicitor with Allen Allen & Hemsley (as it then was). She worked in the Commercial Litigation and Corporate groups. Between 1995 and 1998, Kate was a Senior Legal Officer with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.


Diploma of International Human Rights Law (EUI) (1999) 

Master of Laws (UTS) (1997)

Master of Laws with distinction (University College London) (1991)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (UNSW) (1990)

Practice Areas 

Human Rights Law

Equality, Discrimination and Harassment Law

Employment and Industrial Law

Health and Professional Conduct

Public and Constitutional Law 

Vilification & Hate Speech


Kate has taught human rights/civil liberties and international law at the University of Technology (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, as well as a number of international programs.

Kate has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Western Sydney. 

Since 2005 Kate has lectured in Monash University’s Master of Human Rights Law program, where she is a Senior Fellow and a member of the Postgraduate Advisory Committee.

Kate is co-founder and was for many years President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR).