Kara Best is the Legal Practice Director at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and has practiced exclusively in family law following her Admission to Practice in 2001. Kara was born and bred in the local area and returned to Toowoomba in 2007. She is a former Senior Legal Associate to the Chief Justice of the Family Court in Melbourne, an appointment which followed a period in private practice in Brisbane and an earlier period in which she was Associate to the Honourable Justice Michelle May of the Family Court and the broader Trial Division of the Brisbane Registry of the Family Court. She is intimately aware of how the law works in operation, and how best to achieve the most optimal outcome from the family law system.
Kara is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist, and has acted in a wide range of family law matters including complex property proceedings involving third parties, international interests, significant farming and commercial endeavours and complex parenting proceedings. Kara is a member of the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland and is routinely appointed to represent the interests of children in parenting proceedings in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. Kara has been recognised for a number of years as a leading Queensland Family Law Practitioner by the Doyle’s Review of Australian Lawyers, and in 2015 was named as the only female Preeminent Family Lawyer in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region. Kara was also nominated as a Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Family Law Partner of the Year Awards in 2016.
Kara has a history of consistently achieving positive outcomes for her clients at trial, but more regularly by agreement without litigation. Clients routinely benefit from her extensive knowledge of family law, her strong working relationship with fellow practitioners, her direct but warm manner and her intimate knowledge of the law and the Court. Kara’s intention is to achieve the most optimal outcome for every client, be it from a legal, financial or emotional perspective. She is passionate about the resolution of conflict at the earliest opportunity on the most mutually beneficial terms, and embraces Collaborative Practice. From Kara’s perspective, this optimises the outcome for both parties and their children should same be involved, an outcome which should, in her view, be the goal of all practitioners in this area.
Kara is a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Accreditation Committee, which is the committee that facilitates the specialist accreditation of family lawyers in Queensland. She is an active member of the local Law Association, and a member of the University of Southern Queensland Law Faculty Advisory Committee.