Kate Hesford




Kate graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. Kate was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July 2012.

While completing her degrees, Kate worked for five years as a law clerk and paralegal, including at a boutique family law firm.

In 2012, Kate was accepted into the Graduate Program at Legal Aid WA, where she practised in criminal and family law for two years. This included placements as the duty lawyer for the Drug Court and the Family Violence Courts.

From June 2014, Kate worked as the Legal Associate to the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia for over two years. In this position, Kate gained insight into the internal functioning of the Court, observed hearings across Australia and assisted with writing judgments. Kate also contributed to updating the Court’s Guide to Representing Yourself.

In 2016, Kate also studied to become an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. This course furthered Kate’s mediation skills and involved intensive study of family violence issues.

Kate joined Bannerman Solicitors in February 2017.  She regularly represents clients in the Family Court, Children’s Court, Magistrates Court and at mediations. Kate has experience in complex parenting matters, property settlements, restraining order proceedings and protection and care matters. She is motivated to help both private and legally aided clients.

Kate is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and the Resolution Institute.