Kate Gillingham

Kate Gillingham

Baker & McKenzie


Kate is responsible for managing the Firm's Australian Pro Bono practice and community service program. With more than 20 years professional experience, Kate represents a wide variety of pro bono clients including refugees and asylum seekers, the elderly, survivors of domestic violence, and marginalised and disadvantaged individuals. Kate also advises community legal centres and not-for-profit organisations regarding advocacy and policy matters. Before being appointed Pro Bono Counsel in 2015, Kate practised in the Firm's Dispute Resolution group and was responsible for managing large and detailed litigation.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising elderly clients regarding protection from financial and emotional abuse

  • Representing refugees in the Federal Court to secure their transfer from Nauru to Australia for urgent medical treatment

  • Acting for asylum seekers seeking judicial review of negative protection visa decisions in the federal jurisdiction

  • Advising and representing clients in litigation to secure Australian citizenship

Professional Honors

  • 2018 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Lawyers Weekly national Women in Law Awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Pro Bono Counsel (Global)
  • Heads of Pro Bono (Australia)
  • Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Strategic Refugee Litigation Network
  • Women Lawyers' Association of New South Wales


  • New South Wales~Australia


  • University of Sydney (LLB (Hons))
  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Second Class Honors)


  • English

Firm Committee Memberships

  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee - Member
  • Baker Indigenous Engagement Committee - Head
  • Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group - Member
  • Baker DNA Committee - Member