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Kate Eastman SC named NSW Law Reform commissioner

Experienced employment law specialist, Kate Eastman AM SC, has been appointed a part-time commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 01 September 2023 The Bar
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In a statement, NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley detailed that Ms Eastman brings more than three decades of experience in dispute resolution and advocacy in a wide range of employment matters, sexual harassment, discrimination and vilification law to her new role.

The appointment is for a three-year term.

Ms Eastman was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 1990, and as a barrister in 1998. She took silk in 2012.


Recently, she served as senior counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and in 2021, made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law, to human rights and to professional organisations.

Late last year, Ms Eastman spoke about the “great opportunity” for equitable briefing.

Speaking about the appointment, A-G Daley said: “I congratulate Ms Eastman on her appointment and thank her for taking on this important work at the NSW Law Reform Commission.”

“Ms Eastman’s vast expertise in employment and discrimination law will greatly assist the commission in its work reviewing NSW legislation and making recommendations for reform,” he said.

“The commission will greatly benefit from the contribution Ms Eastman will make to the current reviews and its work more broadly in law reform in NSW,” A-G Daley went on.

Ms Eastman commenced in her role as a commissioner earlier this week, on 30 August 2023.

The NSW Law Reform Commission is an independent statutory body chaired by the Hon Tom Bathurst AC KC.