Karen graduated from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, in 2006 and was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand on 16 June 2006.
Karen practiced solely in the area of family law in a provincial New Zealand city from 2006 to 2009 and gained significant experience in the areas of parenting matters and cases involving family violence.
In 2009, Karen relocated to Perth and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She was then admitted to the High Court of Australia in 2010.
Since 2009, Karen has practiced exclusively in family law in Perth, dealing with complex parenting cases, including cases where there have been allegations of abuse and family violence and cases concerning interstate and international relocation of children.
Karen has also gained significant experience in financial cases concerning property settlement, child support matters and spousal maintenance application. This has included superannuation splitting orders of industry and self-managed funds, valuations of corporate entities and trusts and instructing forensic accountants and Single Experts.
Karen actively encourages parties to reach agreement in relation to both property and parenting cases, where possible, without the need for contested Family Court proceedings. Karen has experience in representing parties at Mediation Style Conferences, designed to assist parties in resolving matters amicably and in a cost effective manner.
In cases where the involvement of the Family Court is required, Karen has extensive experience in representing parties in Family Court proceedings, and also instructing both Junior and Senior Counsel at trials concerning both property settlement and parenting matters.
Karen joined Bannerman Solicitors in February 2014 and is qualified as an Independent Children’s Lawyer.
Karen is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia.