Karen lived in France for a number of years and worked with both the Australian Embassy and the Australian delegation to UNESCO. Upon her return to Australia she completed a law degree with Bond University before working at Clayton Utz solicitors in the Banking and Finance Department.
From there she spent a year as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Shepherdson of the Supreme Court of Queensland while completing a Master of Business Administration at Queensland University of Technology. She later completed a Master of Laws at the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma at the Institute of Chartered secretaries.
She was called to the Bar in 1994 where she has a general practice with particular focus on Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Aviation Law, Inquests, and Child Protection.
In 2012 she was listed in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as recommended counsel for Leading Employment and Workplace Relations matters.
She was the Public Interest Monitor for the State of Queensland representing the public interest with respect to covert search warrants, surveillance devices, telephone intercepts and tracking devices.
She is currently the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee Commissioner for the State of Queensland. The Committee has oversight of Queensland’s major anti-corruption body being the Crime and Corruption Commission.
She has appeared before members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with respect to the role of the Public Interest Monitor and before a Senate Committee considering a national anti-corruption body.
Positions Previously Held: Member of the Practitioner Panel of QCAT
Bond University Law Advisory Board Member
Director, Barristers Services Pty Ltd