Karen Wise

Karen has been delivering practical and effective workplace solutions to her clients for over 20 years.

Karen is a highly regarded employment lawyer and HR practitioner who has worked with leading national law firms, Mallesons Stephen Jaques and PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Karen’s clients span a wide range of industries, including health and hospitals, construction, government, banking, education, manufacturing, professional services and transport. Karen’s experience includes 7 years with ANZ Bank where she gained practical “hands on” corporate knowledge in the role of HR Consultant and Employee Relations Manager. In these roles, Karen managed complex employment disputes, investigations and restructures, trained the Human Resources community on employee relations issues and developed global employment agreements, policies and procedures.

Karen’s Expertise Includes:

Investigating workplace complaints

Undertaking processes to improve workplace culture, including “health checks”, coaching and mediation processes

Developing and delivering practical and effective workplace training

Drafting straightforward employment agreements, policies and procedures

Developing tools for improving and managing employee performance

Advising on legal obligations and entitlements, including in relation to terminations, discrimination and bullying and defence of claims, if issues become litigious

As the Managing Director of Wise Workplace Solutions, Karen has assisted businesses by providing solution-focused workplace training, investigations, policy development and strategic advice. Karen’s clients highly value her enthusiasm, efficiency and delivery of simple and strategic solutions which meet their needs.


Karen has completed Bachelors of Law (Honours) and Science at Monash University and a Masters of Law at Melbourne University. Karen has also completed a Certificate IV in Government Investigations, trained as a conflict coach and holds a current legal practicing certificate. Karen is a nationally accredited Mediator and Licensed Investigator.