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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 is a specialist in insolvency and corporations law.  She is experienced in domestic and cross-border insolvency, corporate finance (including fixed income, derivatives, structured products and international capital markets), financial services regulation and conflict of laws.  She also practises in domestic and international commercial arbitration, tax, civil fraud and large commercial disputes.

Karen is admitted to practise in all Australian jurisdictions and in England and Wales.  She accepts direct briefs from large commercial and government clients, both in Australia and internationally.

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.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Karen was a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP in London and New York. She was a tipstaff to the Hon. Justice R. McDougall of the Supreme Court of NSW (Equity Division, Commercial List).

Karen is a member of the NSW Bar Association’s International Committee, Diversity & Equality Committee and Costs and Fees Committee and the ABA’s International Committee.

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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