Our People

A dedicated team
of legal experts.

Kate O’Grady


Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (LLB and Bcomm)
Accredited Specialist, Family Law
Member of the Law Council of Australia
Office. Central Coast
ph. (02) 4365 4700
e. kogrady@wattsmccray.com.au

Kate O’Grady is a Director of Watts McCray and leads the family law team in Watts McCray’s Erina office, located on the NSW Central Coast. Kate was admitted to practice in 2006, became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 2011 and was made a Partner/ Director of Watts McCray in 2016, working exclusively in family law for the duration of her legal career.  In 2017 Kate was awarded ‘Private Practice Lawyer of the Year’ through the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards.

Comfortable with complex property and parenting matters Kate’s expertise includes interstate and international relocation, Hague Convention matters (international child abduction), child support, spouse maintenance, and complex property matters, including those involving complex property structures and high net worth individuals. Kate is skilled at drafting legal documents including Binding Financial Agreements, Child Support Agreements and other Court documents and she regularly appears as an advocate in the Federal Circuit Court, and Family Court in Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle as well as representing clients throughout mediation/ alternative dispute resolution processes. Kate’s wide range of experience and excellent communication skills allows her to approach your matter with a diverse perspective, making her practice quicker and more efficient which ultimately benefits you, the client.

Kate fully appreciates the high stress that accompanies family law matters and ensures that, where possible, the advice and information she provides to you is delivered in plain English to minimise confusion and to simplify the complicated legal process. Kate’s common sense approach to family law ensures you have a realistic expectation of your matter and of the legal system so that you feel properly supported and know what to expect at each stage of your matter.

Kate liaises effectively with other legal professionals to ensure the best possible outcome for you. Whilst she fully supports and advocates mediation and alternative dispute resolution, she is also a very professional advocate in a Court situation should the need arise and works to achieve the best results for you whether through negotiation or litigation.

Kate completed a combined Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Sydney (as it then was) and her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. Kate commenced her legal career working in Community Legal Centres from early 2005, before moving to private practice in 2007. Kate became an Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 2011 and has experience in writing, presenting and chairing CLE papers and presentations on family law issues, both nationally and internationally.

Kate pioneered the Central Coast-based event ‘CLE by the Sea’ which she started in 2014 and which has featured Judges, Barristers, Solicitors and Academics from Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle to provide high level continuing legal education opportunities for local practitioners. The event is now an annual event that is very well attended and regarded by the local legal profession and which Kate continues to run with the assistance of others from the firm.

Kate has participated in the NSW Women’s Mentoring Program as a mentor for junior lawyers, has regularly volunteered at Community Legal Centres to provide free legal advice and community-based seminars and also volunteers at two local High Schools where she has taught HSC Legal Studies (Family Law) since 2014.

Kate is passionate about local community issues and has always attempted to give back when she has capacity to do so.

Get started online with Kate O’Grady