Karen was admitted to practice in 1997 in NSW. She holds a Master of Law and Management from the University of NSW and specialises in banking and financial services law and legal knowledge management.
Karen established her legal consulting practice, Legal Know-How, in 2012. She provides expert advice to banks and financial institutions, large corporates and SME businesses on risk management, legal and business process improvement, legal documentation, regulatory compliance and knowledge management. Prior to this, Karen worked extensively in-house, including as Head of Legal for a leading Australasian non-bank lender, as well as in top-tier private practice, including as Counsel at Allen & Overy and Special Counsel at Clayton Utz.
Karen is the General Editor of the Australian Banking & Finance Law Bulletin and the Financial Services Newsletter. She also partners LexisNexis in other capacities, including as Specialist Editor for precedents in banking and finance, mortgages and options, and as contributing author of a number of other publications, including Australian Corporate Finance Law, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and Practice Guidance for General Counsel. Karen also authors precedents for LexisNexis in the areas of banking and finance and personal property securities.
Karen is an experienced chair, speaker and moderator at legal seminars and industry conferences. At the postgraduate level, Karen’s professional development work includes authoring course material for providers of online MCLE training. At the undergraduate level, Karen continues to mentor penultimate and final year law students, where she helps develop the skills of the mentees, as well as provide guidance and insight into the profession that they are aiming to enter.