Karen Gaston is a partner and head of Thynne + Macartney’s Private Clients team. She is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law and won the Highest Achiever award (jointly with another practitioner).
Karen has over 10 years experience in succession law. She specialised in estate litigation for a number of years but more recently has extended her practice to estate administration and estate planning.
Karen has experience with applications to the QCAT and the Supreme Court relating to Enduring Powers of Attorney and the appointment of guardians and administrators for persons without capacity. She also has considerable skills and training in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and collaborative law.
Karen is regularly invited to speak at professional development seminars and conferences conducted by the Queensland Law Society and Lexis Nexis. Her pro bono activities include lecturing QUT’s legal practice students on succession matters and contributing to the Caxton Legal Centre’s Queensland Law Handbook.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Masters in Law all from the Queensland University of Technology. She has undertaken the Bond University Mediators Course, the University of Technology, Sydney Collaborative Law Course and the Queensland Collaborative Law’s training course. Before undertaking her Articles, Karen served as an associate to Judge O’Sullivan in the District Court.
Karen is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Queensland Collaborative Law. She was named by Doyle’s List as a Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyer – Queensland, 2016.