Karen practices in criminal and regulatory matters.
She appears on behalf of the defence and prosecution in all criminal proceedings, including at an appellate level. She also appears in civil penalty proceedings, compulsory examinations, inquests and inquiries. Karen provides advice to individuals, corporations and government authorities in relation to a broad range of criminal, regulatory and evidentiary issues.
Karen is experienced in occupational health and safety, food safety and environmental offences. She has appeared in fitness investigations and mental impairment hearings and in applications under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.
Karen has a Master of Laws (LLM) specialising in corporate regulation, corporate crime and human rights.
Karen holds an Indictable Crime Certificate from the Victorian Bar. She is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and in 2011 was selected to participate in Victoria Legal Aid's inaugural Trial Development Program.
Before coming to the bar, Karen was a senior lawyer in WorkSafe Victoria’s enforcement group. Her work involved OHS prosecutions, defending reviews of WorkSafe decisions in VCAT and coronial inquests. Prior to that, Karen worked at the Office of Public Prosecutions. As a senior lawyer she specialised in criminal and civil appeals to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, international extraditions and legal policy and advice work.
Some of the significant matters in which Karen has appeared include the following:
Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd v The Queen (2012) 246 CLR 92 (OHS High Court Appeal, junior to D. Trapnell QC)
Farquharson v The Queen (2012) 36 VR 538 (Court of Appeal and High Court Special Leave Application, junior to D. Trapnell QC & P. Kidd QC)
Boulton v The Queen; Clements v The Queen; Fitzgerald v The Queen  VSCA 342 (Court of Appeal Guideline Judgment, junior to G. Lyon QC on behalf of the Attorney-General)
DPP v O'Neill  VSCA 325 (Court of Appeal, junior to P. Holdenson QC)
Harrison & Rigogiannis v The Queen  VSCA 349 (Court of Appeal, unled)
Jose v The Queen  VSCA 90 (Court of Appeal, unled)
Dao v The Queen; Tran v The Queen  VSCA 93 (Court of Appeal, unled)
Gild v The Magistrates' Court of Victoria  VSC 84 (Supreme Court, unled)
DPP v Bracken (Supreme Court trial, junior to R. Shann)
Mocenigo v The Queen  VSCA 231 (Supreme Court trial and Court of Appeal, junior to J. McMahon)
The Queen v Elmas  VSC 405 (Supreme Court mental impairment, unled)
To get in touch with Karen Argiropoulos | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org