Caitlin McConnel

Caitlin McConnel

LLM (Hons) LLB (Hons) BBus (Fin) GradDipLP
At St Margaret’s 2003-2007

Caitlin is an agribusiness and litigation lawyer at Clayton Utz, where she acts for liquidators, administrators, and a range of corporate and government clients in respect of complex commercial litigation and agribusiness matters.

Caitlin has completed a Certificate Course in International Business Law at Oxford University (2012), a dual-degree of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (Finance) at The Queensland University of Technology (2013); National Mediator Accreditation at Bond University (2014); a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law (2015); and a Master of Laws (Honours) at the University of Melbourne (2020). She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2015, and the High Court of Australia in 2016, and was an Associate in the Federal Court of Australia in 2015.  

Caitlin is an advocate for youth in agriculture and agribusiness. She is currently a Director of the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Foundation, Chair of the RNA Future Directions Committee and a Non-Executive Director of the Future Farmers Network. Caitlin's passion for agriculture stems from her work on her family's historical property, which produces beef cattle in Toogoolawah, Queensland. Her family is the oldest family business in Queensland, and one of the oldest in Australia. Caitlin works closely with her parents in respect of their operations at "Cressbrook", and she also represents the family as an historical spokesperson.

Caitlin was a boarder at St Margaret's, and an avid rower whose most cherished accomplishments include attending St Margaret's College in Christchurch on rowing exchange, being Captain of Boats in 2007, being a member of the Open 1st VIII for three consecutive years (2005, 2006 & 2007) and Head of the River Champions in 2004 (Year 9 1st Quad, 2005 & 2007 (Open 1st VIII). Following graduation, Caitlin volunteered as a rowing coach at St Margaret's (2008 - 2012), whilst also competing in still water rowing at Commercial Rowing Club (2008), and surfboat rowing at Currumbin SLSC (2010 - 2012). In 2012, Caitlin represented Australia in the Queens Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in London as a member of the Australian surfboat rowing contingent, and as official spokesperson. Caitlin has returned to St Margaret's on a number of occasions to mentor students on various topics including law, and mental health and wellness.

Whilst Caitlin acknowledges that she was sent to St Margaret's to receive an education, she is grateful that she graduated with more than any textbook could provide. St Margaret's taught Caitlin independence, resilience, passion and the importance of actively engaging in your community — particularly the broader St Margaret's community. St Margaret's shaped the woman Caitlin is today, and has provided her with an extraordinary community that she can draw upon for advice and support in the pursuit of her goals.