Caitlin McConnel LLM (Hons) LLB(Hons) BBus (Fin) GradDipLP

Caitlin is a Senior Associate in the commercial litigation, restructuring & insolvency and agribusiness & food industry groups at Australian law firm, Clayton Utz. In March 2020, Caitlin was recognised as one of the top 50 early-career lawyers in Australia, as an Australasian Lawyer 2020 Rising Star. In March 2022, she was also recognised as one of the top 16 agribusiness professionals under 40 in Australia, as a Young Gun of Agribusiness by The Australian AgJournal.

Caitlin is also a sixth-generation grazier, whose 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 represents the family as an historical spokesperson. Caitlin and her fianc√© also run a cattle property in Boondooma, Queensland.

Alongside her professional pursuits, Caitlin is an advocate for youth in agriculture and agribusiness, and mental health & wellness in the legal and agricultural sectors. She is currently a Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Future Farmers Network, and a Director of the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Foundation. She has contributed in a great number of forums to topics on agriculture and agribusiness, as well as mental health and wellness.