Kara Best

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Kara Best

Kara Best is the Legal Practice Director of Best Wilson Buckley Family Law and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist.

Kara has practised exclusively in family law following her admission in 2001. 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. Kara 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 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 relationships with fellow practitioners, her direct but warm and nurturing manner, and her intimate knowledge of 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.

Born and bred in Toowoomba, Kara returned to the area in 2007 and established Best Wilson Buckley Family Law in 2009 as the first specialist family law firm in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Region. She has since continued to lead and grow the firm as a leading family law firm and the largest team of expert family lawyers in Queensland.

Expertise and Professional Qualifications

Kara is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator, and has acted in a wide range of family law matters including complex property proceedings involving third parties, international interests, and significant farming and commercial endeavours.  She also has a particular skill in resolving complex parenting matters and is a member of the panel of Independent Children’s Lawyers in Queensland. In this role, Kara is routinely appointment to represent the interests of children in parenting proceedings in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Associations and Career Awards


  • Queensland Law Society Family Law Accreditation Committee
  • Independent Children’s Lawyer
  • Nationally Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator – Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators (AIFLAM)
  • Downs and South West Queensland Law Association
  • Queensland Family Law Practitioners Association
  • Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland
  • Law Council of Australia


  • Doyle’s Guide Preeminent Family Lawyer (Toowoomba, Darling Downs and Western Queensland) – 2020
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Parenting and Children’s Matters Lawyer (Regional Queensland) – 2019 and 2020
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family Lawyer – High-Value and Complex Property Matters (Regional Queensland) – 2019 and 2020
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Partner of the Year Awards (SME) – 2019
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer (Toowoomba, Darling Downs and Western Queensland) – 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Doyle’s Guide Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer (Queensland) – 2014 and 2015
  • Finalist, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards (Family Law) – 2016


November 28, 2019

By Kara Best | General

The Power of the Narrative

Some would suggest that the last person you expect to talk to you about the creative or the narrative is your lawyer. The law, by its nature, is so black...

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August 06, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

How to Choose the Best Family Lawyer for You

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses how to choose the best family lawyer for your situation.

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July 15, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

Seeking a Second Opinion

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses why you should seek a second opinion.

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June 14, 2019

By Kara Best | General

What Makes an Exceptional Family Lawyer?

It goes without saying, if you’re going through a separation you need to get an exceptional family lawyer. One of my greatest frustrations as a practitioner is that there are...

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June 03, 2019

By Kara Best | General | Videos

Preparing for Your First Appointment

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses how to best prepare for your first family law appointment.

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May 21, 2019

By Kara Best | Separation | Videos

Things to Think About Before Separation

In this video, Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Kara Best discusses the things you should consider prior to separation.

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January 25, 2019

By Kara Best | About Us

What 17 Years as a Family Lawyer has Taught Me

In December last year I celebrated the 17th anniversary of my admission to practice and my tenth year of practice as a Solicitor in my local community of Toowoomba. We...

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September 28, 2016

By Kara Best | Divorce | Planning Financial Agreements | Separation

The Tale of Brangelina and their ‘Iron-Clad’ Pre-Nup

The world has turned on its axle, Brad and Angie have broken up. Amongst the daily plethora of stories about Brangelina has come the following in the Huffington Post –...

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It still feels unbelievable that we’re now able to move on with our lives and start fresh. This will be our best Christmas ever. Thank you very much for all of your support, advice and help… Everyone in your office is extremely lovely.
Happy Client
Brilliant! Thank you so much Carla and Kara. Your support and immediate attention is wonderful. I truly cannot put into words how much we appreciate you all.
Happy Client
I was lucky enough to have Kara help me with my separation/divorce circumstances. She made quite a difficult time for me so much easier for me to deal with. I am a new business owner and at no point did I ever feel like the issue wasn't under control... She put my mind at ease which allowed me to get on with business as per usual. I can't recommend Kara and her team enough.
Happy Client
I can’t thank you, Andrew, and Courtney enough, from the bottom of my heart, for what you’ve done for me. You are all amazing.
Happy Client
I still remember my first visit with you and let me tell you I wasn’t prepared for the unwrapping of the emotional skin I had been living in, but you all made me feel part of a family who I felt really cared about me and my kids and not just about the money like most firms do. Though, at times, I listened to my heart instead of my head, which made me make decisions that must have raised your eyebrow, you always supported my decisions, not without advising me what was in my best interest first. I would recommend you to anyone in need and would be happy to right a review in support of that.
Happy Client
“I thank both [Kara and Carla] for your assistance earlier today – it was an absolute pleasure negotiating in a collaborative manner.”
From another family law solicitor
“Congratulations on the brilliant preparation of material … Too often practitioners are reprimanded for sloppy preparation, but this case is deserving of congratulations especially in circumstances where the other side was not engaging.”
From a judge
“Thank you for all your work Kara, I feel certain the resolution would not have been as clear without your help. The last two and a half years have been huge, and I am very grateful for all of the practical advice and support you provided. I have the highest regard for you and wish you well for the journey. Thank you again, and my thanks to all your team, especially Tammy Wright.”
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