Catherine Bell Principal Solicitor

Catherine is recognised as a leading construction law practitioner, and has more than 20 years’ experience in construction and infrastructure law, advising on major construction projects and acting in and resolving construction disputes.

Catherine acts for principals, consultants, project managers, contractors, superintendents and specialist subcontractors across 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.

Catherine contributed to the 3rd and 4th editions of Construction Law in Australia.  She is admitted to the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society, and the Society of Construction Law Australia.


Catherine has received the following recognition:

  • The Best Lawyers™ in Australia for construction & infrastructure law (since 2019), alternative dispute resolution (since 2023) and litigation (2024).
  • Doyles Guiderecommended in the Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyers category (Victoria, 2019, 2022 & 2023).

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