Katharine is a Research Fellow on the UNSW Digital Financial Services Regulation Project, sponsored by the United Nations Capital Development Fund. The research team is working in six emerging countries over three years, focusing on how best to regulate the delivery of digital financial services. Katharine also researches in competition law (particularly misuse of market power) and consumer protection, and is a sessional lecturer in Contracts. Katharine was previously in practice as a solicitor and later as a barrister. After acting as Associate to the Hon. Justice Fryberg in the Supreme Court of Queensland, she worked as a solicitor at Allens in Brisbane and in Melbourne. In 2001, she was called to the Victorian Bar where she practised largely in intellectual property law and commercial law. She later spent six years living and working in South Africa. After graduating LLM (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, she worked on a number of significant competition law cases, most often as adviser to the Competition Commission of South Africa.
Katharine was a sessional lecturer at Stellenbosch University from 2006 to 2008, teaching competition law in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She was also a guest lecturer in business law at Tsiba University in Cape Town. She has been the co-author of Competition Law of South Africa (LexisNexis), with Prof P J Sutherland, since 2005. Katharine completed her PhD on the topic "Misuse of Market Power: Rationale and Reform".