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Karen Gibbons

Legal Counsel, Wesfarmers (Coles Supermarkets)


Relevant qualifications and honours

  • Image representing graduationBachelor of Civil Laws (BCL)
  • Master in Law (LLM) University College Cork, Ireland
  • Admitted 1998 (Ireland) and 2006 (NSW and Victoria)


Relevant work history and Committee involvement

  • Image of briefcase2016- Present: Managing Counsel - Legal Corporate at Coles
  • 2014 - 2016: Legal Counsel, Wesfarmers (Coles Supermarkets)
  • 2006 - 2014: Executive Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills (Melbourne) (2006-2014)
  • 1995 - 2005: Associate, Matheson Ormsby Prentice
  • 1998 (Secondment to European Court of Justice as research assistant to Justice John D Cooke)
  • 1994-1995: Lawyer, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
  • 1994: Intern, European Commission
  • Worked as competition lawyer in Ireland and Brussels and at European Commission (Brussels) and European Cout of First Instance (Luxembourg)


Relevant publications

Co-authored of Australian chapter to the International Comparative Guide to Merger Control 2011.