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, and a national accredited Mediator.

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 locally.

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
  • Member of Australia Lawyers
  • Member of Mediations 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



Thank you very much Kara for the successful and timely resolution of my family law matter. From our first meeting I found you sympathetic, supportive and kind. At the same time, you clearly outlined the possible outcomes for my case and gave me realistic expectations. On the day the court orders were finally signed and lodged, you negotiated hard for resolution, despite the last-minute obstacles thrown your way by my ex-partner.

I can thoroughly recommend Kara and her team to navigate you through your family law matter.
Happy Client
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 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.”
Happy Client

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