Kate Perumal

Partner, Sydney



Kate is a partner in the firm's Global Commercial Litigation Practice.

Kate is a senior disputes lawyer specialising in the infrastructure and construction sectors. She advises on and is responsible for the management and resolution of high-value and substantial commercial and construction disputes, with particular expertise in formulating strategies for the conduct of large, complex disputes.

Prior to joining White & Case, Kate was General Counsel at Lendlease Construction Australia and has over 20 years' experience.

Bars and Courts
New South Wales
Master of Business Admin
Australian Graduate School of Management
Master of Law
University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)
University of Technology


Bachelor of Business
University of Technology




A selection of Kate's experience includes representation of:

West Gate Tunnel

Transurban in relation to disputes arising in connection with the A$6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project.

Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel & Stations Project

Lendlease Construction Australia on issues with the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel & Stations Project, including design development, modifications, project interfaces and the resultant time and cost impacts.*

East West Link Road Tunnel

Lendlease Construction Australia on advice supporting negotiations with the Victorian Government for costs associated with the cancellation of the East West Link Road Tunnel following a change in state government.*

NorthConnex Road Tunnel

Lendlease Construction Australia on claims associated with construction issues on the NorthConnex Road Tunnel.*

Adelaide Desalination Project

Lendlease Construction Australia on the resolution of claims associated with the completion of the Adelaide Desalination Project.*

Sydney Football Stadium

Lendlease Construction Australia in relation to injunctions brought against the NSW State Government and Lendlease to prevent the commencement of the demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium prior to the NSW government election.*

Kingsford Smith Drive

Lendlease regarding the design and construction of the Kingsford Smith Drive and associated geotechnical and structural defects in the cantilevered road over the Brisbane River. Interplay between construction contract and project insurances to seek a commercial resolution to enable the continued progression of works.*

Aluminium Composite Panels

Lendlease regarding the global portfolio review of the use of ACP on all assets within the last 20 years, including the notification and management of global insurance response and progressive management of disputes emerging on key assets to resolve the use of the cladding prioritizing safety including regarding Royal Womens’ Hospital.*

Property Defect Claims

Lendlease Building regarding various alleged property defect claims in residential developments, shopping centres and commercial property and associated insurance claims.*

ACP Cladding Issues

Lendlease regarding its global risk assessment and strategy for the management of ACP cladding issues.*