Karen practices in public, regulatory and criminal law.
Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law (Appellate)
Public Law & Administrative Law
Occupational Health and safety
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Karen is an experienced appellate and trial advocate who appears in all Victorian Courts and VCAT. Karen also acts in Royal Commissions, inquests, inquiries and other regulatory and disciplinary hearings.
Her practice includes providing advice and representation to individuals, corporations, government departments and statutory bodies.
Karen has particular expertise in occupational health and safety and related areas including environment protection, food safety, building and electrical safety. She also has substantial experience in proceedings arising under the Serious Offenders Act 2018 and the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.
Karen is recognised in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of Occupational Health and Safety. She is also recommended in Doyle’s Guide for Leading Criminal Law Junior Counsel – Victoria 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Karen has a Master of Laws (LLM) specialising in corporate regulation, criminal law and human rights.
Karen holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List. She is also an accredited advocacy coach and has taught in the Victorian Bar Readers Course and for the Australian Advocacy Institute.
Before joining the bar, Karen was a senior lawyer at WorkSafe Victoria and the Office of Public Prosecutions.
For more information, including details of some of the cases Karen has appeared in, please refer to her Victorian Bar profile at www.vicbar.com.au.