Karen Shea


Admitted as a Barrister in NSW in 2018

Karen specialises in family law and children’s care and protection.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Karen practiced as a family law solicitor for 18 years.

Karen was a Family Law Advocate at Legal Aid NSW from 2009 to 2018. She has extensive experience in appearing for parties and children’s representatives in interim and final hearings in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, care hearings in the Children’s Court, and care appeals in the District Court.

She also has experience in adoption proceedings and complex matters involving children and young people in the parens patriae jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

In addition to her practice, Karen co-teaches Family Law Advocacy & Practice and Children’s Law at the University of NSW.

Karen is named on the Doyles list of Leading Family Law Junior Counsel (NSW) 2023 and Leading Parenting & Children’s Matters Barristers (NSW) 2023.


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