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Kate Da Costa

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Criminal Law, Senior Associate

Location Melbourne and Reservoir, Victoria
Language English

Kate Da Costa has a wealth of experience in criminal law, having practised exclusively as a criminal defence lawyer since her admission to practice in 2002.

She has provided advice and representation to clients in all criminal law jurisdictions in Victoria, as well as the High Court of Australia.

Kate is committed to Slater and Gordon’s principals of justice and fair access to quality legal representation. She prides herself on providing comprehensive, plain language legal and strategic advice to clients, ensuring they do not feel overwhelmed and confused by the criminal justice system.


  • Arrests and police interviews
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Assaults and injury offences
  • Driving offences
  • Coronial inquests
  • Drug offences
  • IBAC investigations
  • Centrelink and other fraud
  • Sexual offences
  • Theft and property offences
  • Breach of Court orders
  • Firearms offences
  • Infringement matters
  • Intervention orders
  • Robbery and theft
  • Property offences
  • Stalking
  • Commonwealth offences

Career History

  • 2015: Slater and Gordon (Senior Associate)
  • 2011 – 2015: Slater and Gordon (Associate)
  • 2009 – 2011: Kenyons Lawyers/Slater and Gordon (lawyer)
  • 2002 – 2007: Patrick W. Dwyer (lawyer)

Professional qualifications and admissions

  • 2002 Admitted, Supreme Court of Victoria
  • 2002 Admitted, High Court of Australia
  • 2001 Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics, Monash University
  • 1997 Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne

Memberships and associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Criminal Law Section, Law Institute of Victoria