m.  0451 776 242
e. Karen@YounesEspiner.com.au



Karen Espiner is a Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. She was named Criminal Law Partner of the Year in the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards.

For the fifth successive year, Karen has been recognised by members of the profession in the Doyle’s ‘Leading NSW Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Guide. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 she was recognised as one of the state’s Preeminent Criminal Lawyers, ranking her in the top band of lawyers in the state.

Much of Karen’s practice is devoted to representing clients in the District and Supreme Courts who have been charged with very serious criminal law matters including murder, sexual offences, drug offences, serious assaults and corporate offences. She also appears in complicated Local Court matters for clients whose personal and professional reputations are at risk.

Karen also has a significant appellate practice, providing advice and representation to clients seeking to appeal their conviction and/or sentence from the District Court to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

In addition to appearing in court, an important part of Karen’s practice involves providing her clients with advice before criminal proceedings. She also has experience in quasi-criminal matters including disciplinary proceedings, coronial inquests and inquiries.

One of Karen’s strengths is her ability to analyse and explain complex legal issues to her clients in a simple, easy-to-follow way. She is well respected by other members of the profession and the judiciary and is known for her meticulous preparation, persuasive advocacy and professionalism.

Karen founded Younes + Espiner Lawyers with the goal of providing individual attention and exceptional legal service to her clients. She recognises the value of professional collaboration and teamwork and works closely with other lawyers within the firm and with experienced barristers to ensure that each of her clients receives the highest level of service.



  • Thank you for your final correspondence.  We are grateful for the way in which you dealt with us and guided us through this process. We felt supported every step of the way and are pleased with the outcome.

  • Karen, thanks very much for all your help and achieving the result we got. We set out for an objective and you got us there. I have so much respect with how well prepared the case was and how smoothly you presented it.

  • Karen, I cannot thank you enough for your representation on this matter. From our first confersation I felt very much at ease with your support and explanation of the process. I am thrilled with the outcome. Again, thank you for everything - I will very happily recommend you to anyone in the future.

  • Karen - It was lovely to meet you. You were a welcome warm and empathetic face in tricky circumstances.

  • Dear Karen, Thanks to you, I had the dream team on my side. My family and I will never forget you.

  • Karen, When I meet you I knew I had to have you on my team. I can never thank you enough!

  • Hi Karen, Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. You stood out by far as the most persuasive and passionate lawyer at the bar table. I was so comforted to have had you by my side as my lawyer.

  • Karen, Thank you so much, a truly stellar result. Very happy with the outcome. I wish you the best as well with your practice, you've proven you can get the job done! Again, well done.  

  • Karen, I just wanted to congratulate you on the outcome that you and Arjun Chhabra achieved for D in the Hornsby Local Court yesterday. I know how worried the family were, and the outcome was (on almost any analysis) exceptional. In the big firms, we're always looking for small, competent firms to handle a range of criminal matters for our corporate clients.  Your details have been noted! Kind regards, and thanks.

  • Karen, We have had a number of talented and skilled barristers but they were all chosen on your recommendation. Watching your work ethic and quality compared to our opponents we can see that we are really fortunate to have had you as our legal adviser. Win or lose we out-performed them all with your help.  Thank you so much.

  • No words can express my thanks. I admire not only your confidence and hard work, but also your professionalism.

  • Hi Meg, Just wanted to say thank you again for your representation of me this morning, it is a big relief to have received the outcome we did and not having to had to fight it and cost ourselves financially / mentally. Also please send thanks to Karen - I am lucky to have you both take care of the matter which has been hard on the heart to re-enter Manly courts and provide C and myself with the most clarity on our options.

  • Hello Karen and Jessica, thank you so much for this wonderful news and thanks for your great job!!!

  • Karen, Thank you for your professionalism, hard work, support, advice and care for my court matter. The result yesterday was the best possible outcome and I am still pinching myself. The frightful and emotionally-charged nature of this case, for me, found great solitude in your listening ears and you collected the best possible material to support the section 32 application. I truly appreciate your diligent preparation and the ability to fight what seemed like a lost cause.

    A.V. (September 2018)
  • I have had experience with many legal professionals in my wider career, typically for commercial matters. I never expected to need to instruct a criminal lawyer but choosing Karen Espiner was the best decision I could have made. What impressed me most about Karen was the way that she made me feel completely at ease when discussing my matter. I never felt judged and, as a result, always had the utmost confidence in her advice. She was able to manage the process to deliver the best possible outcome in my case and I truly put that down to her excellent legal, personal and professional skills. I would recommend Karen to anyone who asks; there is a reason that she is rated as one of the top criminal lawyers in NSW. I will always be grateful. Thanks Karen.