Karen heads the Family Law and Child Protection Section of Colville Johnstone Lawyers and assists Bruce and Caitlin with the Criminal Law and Domestic Violence matters. Her focus is to provide legal advice of the highest calibre, ensuring clients obtain practical results while minimising costs.
She is a deep thinker, meticulous, steadfast and resilient. Whilst her compassionate nature allows her to be a rock to her clients, she is a thorn in the backside of her clients’ adversaries. She is honest, focused on the task at hand and highly respected by the Courts and opposing colleagues. Her communication skills are refined and sophisticated.
In 2018, her Family Law qualifications and experience were recognised after being listed as a Family Law solicitor in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.
With her broad experience in negotiation, mediation and collaborative lawyering, as well as her excellent case law research skills, Karen provides clear and concise advice on the likely outcomes of matters and guides clients through each stage of the Family or Criminal law process.
Insofar as her representation regarding Family Law is concerned, she advises clients on a large range of issues, including:
• Domestic violence
• Parenting orders or plans under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
• Property settlements
• Spousal maintenance (for both de facto and married couples)
• Child support
• Binding financial agreements and
• Surrogacy Agreements
Karen is also very experienced in criminal law and has acted in a number of high profile cases.
Karen is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and is accustomed to appearing before Federal and State Courts in both Queensland and interstate. Additionally, she has appeared as a solicitor advocate in Queensland’s first specialised Domestic Violence Court at Southport, when it was opened on 1 September 2015.
While an experienced court advocate, Karen makes every effort to reduce the stress and costs associated with protracted litigation wherever possible. Her focus is firmly upon clients moving forward with their lives and providing them with the most practical and strategic advice to promote an early resolution of their matters, to minimise costs as far as possible.
Karen was born in Scotland and educated in England. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2003, she spent over a decade working extensively throughout Europe, mostly in the fields of international exports. She speaks fluent Spanish, French and Italian and has won awards for her business achievements from entities such as:
• The Department of Trade and Industry in London;
• Open University, UK; and
• BBC television (the British Broadcasting Corporation).
She has previously been featured in a variety of books, magazines and newspapers such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, New Woman and the Financial Times.
Karen has a strong commercial focus, which was demonstrated in the 1990’s, when she was recognised by the British House of Commons for her commitment to the community, after launching and sponsoring (together with the BBC), extra curricular language programs at local schools. In 2017, she helped establish a community legal centre at which she also volunteered. She also has experience representing the best interests of those with mental health issues, as well as children.
You will find Karen friendly, down to earth and dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for her clients. When not at work you are likely to find her cooking, recycling furniture, reading a huge amount of literature or simply spending valuable time with family, friends and her two canine shadows, Jasper and Milly.
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