Karen Gaston

Karen is an accomplished litigator with significant expertise in succession, equity and trusts. She has a special interest in estate litigation with a commercial aspect, such as partnership disputes, or involving equitable causes of action or remedies.

Karen has previous experience in family law, and has often dealt with complex matters which require an understanding of both areas of law.


Karen has experience conducting complex, lengthy litigation usually with the overlay of an emotional family dispute.

In particular she has substantial experience running family provision applications, litigation about the validity of wills (sometimes called solemn form probate litigation), applications concerning the construction of wills, Beddoe applications, power of attorney disputes, and equity litigation involving unconscionable conduct and undue influence.

Until 30 June 2023, Karen was a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in succession law.  A change to the Rules from 1 July 2023 means barristers are no longer allowed to retain their specialist accreditation.

Doyle’s Guide recognises Karen as “Preeminent” in the Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyers category in 2020 and 2021.
Karen works as a team with a solicitor, to represent a client. She does not accept briefs directly from the general public. Karen can, however, provide a list of referrals to highly regarded solicitors who can assist members of the public directly.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.


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