The Hon Katrina Frances BANKS-SMITH

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 12.02.2018
Location: Perth

Other Commissions & Appointments:
Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory - Additional Judge

Katrina Frances Banks-Smith was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia on 12 February 2018.

She graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1988. In 1993 she obtained a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge.

She was a partner of the firm now known as Herbert Smith Freehills for many years before joining the Independent Bar in 2009. Her Honour was appointed Senior Counsel for Western Australia in 2013.

Justice Banks-Smith was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2016.

Prior to her appointment as a judge, she practised in commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of contract, banking, insolvency and mining law, as well as undertaking regulatory work. She was honoured by Women Lawyers WA as its senior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2009.

Her Honour is the Chair of the Law School Advisory Board at Fremantle's Notre Dame University and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Perth Children's Hospital.

Associateship applications

Justice Banks-Smith has now selected her Associate for 2021.

Justice Banks Smith invites those interested in being considered for the 2022 position to apply to her chambers by 31 March 2021.

Justice Banks-Smith, together with Justice Colvin, also invites those interested in being considered for the shared position of Research Associate to their Honours for 2022 to also apply to her or his Chambers by 31 March 2021.

Separate applications are required for each position and should take the form of a one page cover letter, brief CV and university transcript. The successful applicants will be chosen in April 2021.

General information about the associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website. If you have any queries in relation to the process, please send an email to marked to the attention of the Chambers of Justice Banks-Smith.

Updated April 2020.