Athena Cains

Principal  |  Commonwealth Government


(02) 6185 7703

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Strategic in thinking and principled in behaviour, Athena is a risk-aware lawyer who uses her experience to provide a successful outcome for her clients.

Athena is a Principal in the firm's Insurance team. With over 12 years of experience working with and advising the Australian Government, Athena has a deep knowledge of the operational and legislative framework within the Australian Public Service. She can assist with the management of employees and the various challenges that arise in the course of their employment. She has a particular interest in ill and injured employees and provides practical solutions for their management.

Athena works in collaboration with clients to understand their needs and provides timely and solutions-driven legal assistance. She is committed to the continual improvement of HR services in the Commonwealth. She conducts regular workshops and seminars on managing workers' compensation claims to achieve beneficial outcomes, presenting to other forums on various government law issues.


CAREER highlights

Key Specialisations

  • Administrative Law and Governance
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Employment and Industrial Relations Law


  • Bachelor Of Applied Science, Queensland University Of Technology
  • Bachelor Of Laws, Queensland University Of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma Of Legal Practice, Australian National University

Awards and recognition

  • Best Lawyers 2022 | Government Practice
  • Best Lawyers 2022 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers 2022 | Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2021 | Government Practice
  • Best Lawyers 2021 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers 2021 | Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2020 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers 2020 | Litigation

community involvement

  • Member, ACT Law Society Government Law Committee
  • Member, Law Council Of Australia Commonwealth Compensation And Employment Law Committee


Athena CainsINSIGHTS

The SRC Report: Conflict of Interest and Bias in Decision-Making – What Are They, and How Can We Avoid Them?
The SRC Report: Reasonable Administrative Action – Best Practice Evidence in RAA Cases
The SRC Report: What Is the Scope of Employment for Disease Claims?

Administrative Law and Governance, Commonwealth Compensation

The SRC Report: Merits Review and Evolving Decision-Making in the AAT
The SRC Report: Part 1 Rehabilitation Series: Decision Making Under s36 and 37

Administrative Law and Governance, Commonwealth Compensation

The SRC Report: How an Early Intervention Policy Can Be the Key to Employee Recovery
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(02) 6185 7703