Karen Coleman

Karen Coleman

Karen Coleman is a consultant in our Sydney office where she specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

She has a strong academic background and an accomplished legal record in commercial litigation in Sydney and London.  Karen practised in London from 1983 to 1989, in the last 2 years as a partner of Linklaters, and joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques as a partner in 1990.

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Recent Matters

  • Contract, commercial and Trade Practices Act litigation
  • Financial sector litigation: foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, managed investments, trusts, superannuation, life insurance, enforcement of loans and financial investments
  • Financial fraud and asset tracing in Australia and many international jurisdictions including England, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, the Continent and the Americas
  • Cross-border litigation and evidence gathering
  • Regulatory investigations and associated litigation
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Competition litigation
  • Tort/Environmental litigation
  • Airline industry
  • Class actions.


  • AFR Australia's Best Lawyers as voted by their Peers 2009-2014
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers, 2012-2014
  • International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators 2012-2014.


  • 1978: Bachelor of Laws degree (Hons), University of Sydney
  • 1978 - 1981: Solicitor, Clayton Utz, Sydney
  • 1982: Master of Laws degree, University of London
  • 1983 - 1989: Solicitor, Partner, Linklaters and Paines, London
  • 1990 - February 2012: Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney
  • March 2012 - present: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney.


Legal insights

This quarter has been eventful with significant settlements and a number of new actions being filed or proposed.

24 March 2015

Court maintains focus on litigation funding in a series of decisions in which it has examined the role played by lawyers in funding litigation.

24 March 2015

Chief Justice Allsop is implementing significant case management reforms of the Federal Court.

24 March 2015

Substantial compensation for group members of the Black Saturday bushfire class action provides certainty.

24 March 2015

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