Biographical note: Catherine Parr


Catherine Parr is General Counsel at the Reserve Bank of Australia. She took up her current role in July 2010 after 22 years as a partner of law firm Allens. She joined Allens (then, Allen Allen & Hemsley) in 1982 and became a partner six years later. She practised in banking and finance for most of her 28 years with the firm, initially in corporate and wholesale transactional finance work and then in financial regulation and compliance. Among other leadership roles in the firm she was a member of the Allen Allen & Hemsley Board from 1992 to 1994 and head of the firm's Financial Regulation and Compliance Practice Group from 1994 to June 2010.
Catherine is a member of the Banking & Financial Services Law Association and serves on the Law Council of Australia's Financial Services Committee and Privacy Law Committee. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (with Merit) and an LLB from the University of New South Wales and is admitted to practise in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.