Friday, 22 March 2019

Appointments to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Media release

Mr Guy Andrew and Ms Penelope Kari have been appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Mr Andrew will be located in the Townsville registry and Ms Kari to the Adelaide registry, both commencing next Monday, 25 March 2019.

Mr Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology (then known as the Queensland Institute of Technology) in 1986 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1989. Following his admission, Mr Andrew completed his articles at Steindl Robertson McPherson before practicing as a solicitor at O’Shae Corser & Wadley.

Mr Andrew has practiced extensively with Legal Aid Queensland, including as Acting Counsel after he was called to the Bar in 1998. In 2001, Mr Andrew joined the private bar, where his practice focussed on criminal and family law.

Ms Kari graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 2000 and was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2001. Ms Kari spent the majority of her early career as a solicitor with David Burrell & Co in Adelaide, specialising in family law and spent a two year period with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

Ms Kari was called to the South Australian Bar in 2011. At the Bar, she has continued to develop expertise in family law, which she has shared as the Coach and Family Law Unit Coordinator for the South Australian Bar Association Bar Readers Course since 2014.

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate Mr Andrew and Ms Kari on their appointments, and thank them for their willingness to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.​