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Karen Petch

Master of Corporate Law (First Class) - University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) - University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Arts (Communication) - University of Technology, Sydney


Admitted to the Bar 2017


Karen has a broad commercial practice with specialised experience in insolvency and corporations matters, including domestic and cross-border insolvency, corporate finance, derivatives, structured finance, schemes of arrangement and shareholder disputes. Karen appears in all Australian courts and has acted for and against financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, companies, individuals, and government agencies, including for ASIC and the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Karen was a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP in London and New York. Prior to that, she was a tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Robert McDougall of the Supreme Court of NSW (Equity Division) and a solicitor at Minter Ellison, Sydney.

Karen holds a Master of Corporate Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded a Jennings Prize for first class performance in the final examinations. She also holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons 1) and a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2018 she was awarded the Christopher Gee QC Memorial Prize for achieving the highest result on the NSW Bar Practice Course.

She is admitted to practise in all Australian jurisdictions and in England and Wales.

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law See all +Close -
    • Admiralty and Maritime
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Arbitration
    • Aviation and Transportation Law
    • Banking and Financial Services
    • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
    • Class Actions
    • Conflict of Laws
    • Contracts
    • Corporations and Securities
    • Cross-border Insolvency
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • International Law
    • Partnership disputes
    • Real property
    • Shareholder class actions
    • Superannuation
  • Criminal See all +Close -
    • Appellate
    • Fraud
    • Proceeds of crime
    • White collar and corporate crime
  • Taxation and Revenue See all +Close -
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Appellate
    • Capital gains tax
    • Goods and services tax
    • Income tax
    • International tax
    • Land tax
    • Payroll tax
    • Stamp duty and other state taxes


Banks & Financial Services, Funds, Transport and Infrastructure, Primary Resources, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Real Estate,

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