Lawyer & Mentor
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
GC Public Policy
Cert IV (Workplace and Business Coaching)
Australian Legal Practitioner
At Leo Cussen
Caitlin is a part-time Mentor and Lawyer for trainees in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. As part of her role, Caitlin helps facilitate in the Transactions Rotation team, Specialist Employment & IR Law Rotation, Leo Justice Lab and is also an active member of the Health & Wellness Team.
Before Leo Cussen
Caitlin has been a regular external facilitator and appraiser at Leo Cussen for 15 years, together with becoming a part-time internal Mentor and Lawyer in the GDLP in 2018. She has completed post graduate studies in public policy and recently completed a Certificate IV in Workplace and Business Coaching.
Areas of Practice
Caitlin has over fifteen years of diverse legal practice experience in the community, public and private legal sector. She has worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trauma, as well as in the areas of victims’ compensation, child protection, administrative law, family law, employment & anti-discrimination, personal injury, and an array of litigation fields including construction and mining, insurance and public liability. In these settings she has provided advice and representation, law reform and policy work, and community legal education and training (including in remote/rural outreach locations).
Prior to Leo Cussen, Caitlin helped manage the Melbourne office of knowmore legal service, a free legal advisory service to help survivors engage with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Caitlin has also worked at Central Australian Women’s Legal Service in Alice Springs. During this time she became the Co-Convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia, a national network of community legal centres specialising in women’s legal issues. Previously she practiced in Comcare’s Legal Services Branch, as well as at a boutique and mid-tier private law firm in Melbourne.
Caitlin is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and until recently sat on the board at a Domestic Violence not for profit and also private recruitment company, both in Melbourne.
Caitlin has volunteered and worked as a migration agent at Refugee Legal in Melbourne, together with the evening helpline at Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and Fitzroy Legal Service’s evening drop in service.
She has a keen interest in professional wellness, wellbeing and resilience in the legal services industry, together with the benefits of multi-disciplinary trauma-informed legal services. With this in mind, she is passionate about her role as a mentor and the education of law graduates.
Outside of work, Caitlin loves spending time with her young family and friends, pet menagerie, seeing live music, and exploring the great outdoors.