Cathie was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in July 1988.
She commenced practice in a busy suburban family law firm, undertaking a wide variety of family law and related work. In January 1996 she commenced as Senior Associate at Stuart Fowler & Associates (as it then was) and was appointed a Partner in 2000.
Cathie has practised exclusively in family law and related areas since admission. Over the years her work has focussed on primarily financial and property matters for married, de-facto and same sex couples. She regularly advises in matters involving complex financial arrangements. She has written and presented papers on the relationship between bankruptcy and family law, and binding financial agreements.
At the same time Cathie has extensive experience in parenting matters.
While the majority of a family lawyer's work may be at the end of the relationship, Cathie has also drafted and advised many clients on cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements under the Family Law Act and the Property (Relationships) Act.
Cathie is widely recognised for a sensible and pragmatic approach in her family law matters, and wherever possible will encourage effective settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Cathie has written and presented many papers on family law issues for members of the profession undertaking continuing legal education. She was for many years a member and, later, the Convenor of the Family Law Section of the City of Sydney Law Society. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of Law Asia.