Kathleen Smith


Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Business (Management) (Distinction)

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Queensland Law Society

Admitted Supreme Court Queensland, Federal Court & High Court of Australia


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Senior Associate

Kathleen is experienced in commercial litigation, dispute resolution, debt recovery and insolvency. Prior to joining Plastiras Lawyers, Kathleen was a key member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group at Middletons and K&L Gates.

Kathleen has acted for corporate clients, small businesses and individuals in a variety of disputes. Her recent experience and transactions include:
Recovery and enforcement of secured and unsecured debts including the lodgement of caveats to secure payment, obtaining judgments for debts payable, and monitoring and enforcing payment plans.
Defending disputed claims for debt and damages.
Resolving restraint of trade disputes following the sale of a business; and between employers and employees through litigation and negotiation.
Applying for bankruptcy and corporate winding up orders for creditors to enforce payment of debts, and defending proceedings on behalf of debtors disputing liability.
Obtaining court orders to enforce compliance with contracts.
Negotiating resolutions to business partnership disputes.
Resolving leasing and tenancy disputes, including termination of leases and damages claims.
Resolving property disputes between co-owners, through negotiation and court-appointed trustees.
Opposing prosecutions and banning orders brought by ASIC.
Defending claims against financial planners.
Application for further and better provision for deceased estates, and acting for executors facing estate litigation.
Mediation of disputes prior to and during litigation.

Kathleen adopts a practical, pragmatic approach to resolve disputes quickly, cost effectively, and without recourse to contested litigation where possible.