Kate Hurford

Kate Hurford


Corporate Counsel

Kate Hurford is Corporate Counsel based in the Adelaide office of Omni Bridgeway.

Kate qualified as a solicitor in South Australia and was subsequently admitted to practice in Hong Kong and England and Wales. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation, having worked for Piper Alderman in Adelaide, Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in Hong Kong and London, and as an Associate Investment Manager for Omni Bridgeway. Kate writes extensively on all aspects of dispute finance, including government relations submissions. She has also worked as a consultant for legal publisher, Practical Law, part of Thomson Reuters, in UK and Australia. 
Kate holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of South Australia.
  • Co-author. Litigation Funding in Australia. International Law Practicum (International Section of the New York State Bar Association). November 2020.
  • Co-author. Dispute finance for companies in New Zealand. Practice note. Thomson Reuters Practical Law. March 2020.
  • Co-author. High Court ruling against common fund orders supports the right to free choice for group members. Lawyerly. 9 December 2019.
  • Co-author. Federal Court approval of funding commission recognises risks faced by funders. Lawyerly. 9 September 2019.
  • Author. Legal recovery programs and dispute resolution finance. IMF Bentham Blog. 8 July 2019. 
  • Co-author. Conducting litigation efficiently and cost-effectively – tips from seasoned litigators. The Australian Corporate Lawyer, Volume 28, Issue 3 – Spring 2018.
  • Co-author. Implications of this week’s Full Federal Court ruling on competing class actions. IMF Bentham Blog. 23 November 2018.
  • Co-author. Class actions require flexible approach: IMF Bentham submissions to ALRC Inquiry. IMF Bentham Blog. 19 October 2018.
  • Author. Funding commercial claims: 5 key facts for litigators and in-house counsel. Lawyerly. 28 June 2018.
  • Author. Litigation funding: Levelling the playing field. The Bulletin (Journal of the Law Society of South Australia). August 2017.
  • Co-author. Third-party funding for international arbitration claims. Practice note. Thomson Reuters Practical Law.  
  • Co-author. Third-party funding in arbitration in Asia. Practice note. Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Co-author. Litigation funding for insolvency claims. International Corporate Rescue. January 2017.
  • Co-author. Re Vanguard Energy Pte Ltd [2015] SGHC 156 – Litigation Funding Now Permitted in Singapore Insolvency Cases. International Corporate Rescue. January 2017.
  • Co-author.  Civil Justice & Third Party Litigation Funding. The Bulletin (Journal of the Law Society of South Australia). October 2015.
  • Co-author.  Is it time to abolish maintenance and champerty as a crime and tort in Hong Kong? Hong Kong Lawyer (Official Journal of the Law Society of Hong Kong). August 2015.
  • Co-author.  Third-party funding: Snapshots from around the globe. 7(5) Global Arb. Rev. 2012, 25-31
  • Co-author. Third party funding in international commercial and treaty arbitration – a panacea or a plague?  A discussion of the risks and benefits of third party funding.  8(4) Transnational Dispute Management, 2011.

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