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Kate Cahill


Kate is an energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer.



Kate works with clients in the mining, oil and gas, transport, water and power industries. In transport she has a particular interest in rail and port businesses.

Kate has extensive experience in advising clients on the development, operation and financing of assets and projects in these sectors. This experience includes advising on access regulation for infrastructure assets and the implementation of user funding models for multi-user facilities.

Kate also advises on the acquisition and disposal of energy, resources and infrastructure assets, including the restructuring of complex project development arrangements. She has worked for both governments and the private sector in privatisation processes, and she regularly acts on the buy-side and sell-side in the secondary market for infrastructure assets.

Kate has advised:

  • Brookfield Infrastructure on rail aspects of its bid for Asciano 
  • Queensland Treasury Corporation on its proposed lease transactions for Stanwell Corporation, CS Energy and Ergon Energy Queensland
  • The Department of Finance on the scoping study for Australian Rail Track Corporation. The scoping study considered the future management, operations and ownership options for ARTC, including potential issues arising from the Australian Government’s commitment to the Inland Rail project
  • Adani Mining in relation to the rail aspects of the Carmichael coal mine project, including in relation to access strategy, access policy, access agreements, operation and maintenance agreements and haulage agreements
  • Veolia Water in relation to the proposed project financed and third party equity development of water treatment facilities for a Queensland CSG project
  • Origin Energy in relation to gas transportation arrangements on the Wide Bay distribution network, and gas transportation arrangements, connection agreements and crossing deeds on the Darling Downs gas pipeline and the Spring Gully gas pipeline
  • Port of Brisbane on the acquisition financing of its bid for Port of Darwin


Kate has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Kate has practised in Australia and the United Kingdom and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Kate is a member of the International Association of Petroleum Negotiators.