Karen-Anne Cornell

Senior Associate

Meet Karen-Anne Cornell

Practice Areas – Family Law, Mediation & Arbitration

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours | Griffith University 2013
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Australia in 2015

Karen-Anne is an experienced court advocate who makes every effort to reduce the stress and costs associated with protracted litigation wherever possible. In 2018, she was listed in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession and is accustomed to appearing before both Federal and State Courts in Queensland and interstate. Additionally, she has advocated in Queensland’s first specialised Domestic Violence Court at Southport since its inception in 2015.

Whilst Karen-Anne advises clients across a broad range of family law, child protection and domestic violence matters, she is also an experienced criminal lawyer, having acted in a number of high-profile cases.

With considerable experience in children’s matters, Karen-Anne can represent clients facing the most serious of issues and legal problems. Having trained as children’s lawyer in the Queensland State Courts, she is a passionate and regular advocate for children and families. As such, she is called upon to advise clients entangled in both family law matters and those involving the Department of Child Safety.

With her strong commercial background and legal experience, Karen-Anne can also advise family law clients in respect of the most complex property matters involving trusts, bankruptcy, and corporate entities. Prior to her decision to study law, she spent over a decade working extensively in the field of international exports. For her commitment to industry, she has won awards from organisations such as:

  • The British government – more particularly the Department of Trade and Industry
  • BBC Television and Sony
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine; and
  • The Open University, (UK).

For as long as she can remember, Karen-Anne has had a passion for helping others. As a result of this, together with her commercial achievements overseas, she has featured in a range of articles published by a wide variety of popular magazines and newspapers such as the Financial Times. Having launched and sponsored, (together with the BBC), extracurricular language programs in schools Karen-Anne was commended by the British House of Commons. More recently in 2017, she established in Queensland a community legal centre at which she also volunteered.

You will find Karen-Anne down to earth, yet completely dedicated to achieving the best for each one of her clients. When not at work, you are most likely to find her walking her four-legged companions or spending valuable time with cherished friends or family.

  • De facto law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Child abuse
  • LGBTQ law
  • Urgent recovery or relocation orders
  • Criminal law

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