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