Kara regularly advises management, boards, HR and safety executives across all industries. Her industry knowledge, particularly in mining and resources, has been shaped by employment at two Queensland coal mines prior to joining legal private practice.
Regarded for her sharp mind and commerciality of advice, Kara also runs safety and employment matters that proceed to court/commission and undertakes workplace investigations.
In 2018, Kara was listed as a Rising Star in Australian Employment & WHS by Doyles Guide.
Kara’s experience includes:
- representation of a client in the petroleum and gas industry in respect of a workplace fatality which occurred when pipe racks fell from a prime mover being unloaded. The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate brought complaints against our client and three employees. We successfully had all charges discontinued based on technical arguments
- investigation into, and management of, a serious and systemic bullying claim at a client’s remote FIFO site
- representation of a mining client in response to allegations of sexual harassment by one of its employees against a labour hire worker. We obtained strong contradictory evidence and were able to use that at an early stage to bring the matter to an end prior to hearing
- representation of a sand mining company in relation to multiple charges brought against it under three different Acts by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for mining without the appropriate authorities. Whilst long running and highly political, we were ultimately successful before the Court
- representation of a client in respect of some 20 adverse action applications, general protections applications brought against it and achieving a favourable settlement on all
Kara holds a Bachelor of Law (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in industrial relation and human resource management.