Breaking: “Best and brightest” barrister confirmed as victim in Sydney siege

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Sydney barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson has been named as one of the two hostage victims killed in the terrifying siege at the Lindt Café in Martin Place.

Ms Dawson, 38, was a barrister from Eight Selborne Chambers on Phillip Street.

Specialising in commercial, bankruptcy and corporations law, she was a rising star at the commercial bar, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

She was also the sister of prominent defamation barrister Sandy Dawson and McKinsey & Company director Angus Dawson.

Ms Dawson was married to Paul Smith, a partner at King & Wood Mallesons, it was reported.

Her brother Sandy told The Australian of his devastation about her passing. He is supporting her husband and family.

The president of the New South Wales bar association, Jane Needham SC, has also released a statement informing members of Ms Dawson’s death with a “heavy heart and deep sorrow”.

"Katrina, together with two other members of the NSW Bar, were held as hostages during the incident at the Lindt Cafe in Phillip Street, Sydney, yesterday," she said.

“Katrina was one of our best and brightest barristers who will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends at the NSW Bar. She was a devoted mother of three children, and a valued member of her floor and of our bar community. Our thoughts are with her family at this time, including her brother, Sandy Dawson of Banco Chambers.”
  • Amanda Noffs on 16/12/2014 5:44:57 PM

    A message from Mandy Noffs, (Co-Founder of Ted Noffs Foundation), on the passing of Katrina Dawson in the ?#?SydneySiege?: "We would like to express our condolences and best wishes to Katrina's family. Katrina was one of the first young Mallesons lawyers to volunteer for the Noffs Foundation 'ASK! (Advice Service Knowledge) legal service. Katrina volunteered with ASK! our free legal service - for more than ten years. Katrina was intelligent, positive and caring. She was full of life and interested in the well being of others.
    Everyone at Noffs is personally devastated and I can imagine others who have worked with her over the years are similarly heart broken. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, and especially her family and young children.

  • Hashim Husseini - solicitor on 16/12/2014 4:32:51 PM

    I have heard the devastating news about the Sydney siege while on holidays with my children overseas. My heart felt condolences to those who lost loved ones. There are countless events in the books of history about villains, criminals and monsters whose task was to destroy the very fabric of societies. But evil will not prevail. With love, unity and rising above our prejudices we have and will always concur and defeat terror and evil.

  • John karacan on 16/12/2014 11:42:30 AM

    It is a very sad day. A country I grew up in, migrating to Australia, a young country made in heavens is not used to incidents like this.

    It will shake up this beautiful young country and bring us together and we will learn from these events.

    Wishing patience and condolences to the family of these fine an beautiful people who are no longer with us.

    John Karacan -solicitor

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