Colin Biggers & Paisley appoints Karen Iles as Director of Pro Bono and Responsible Business

5 October 2017
Karen Iles has joined Colin Biggers & Paisley as the Director of Pro Bono and Responsible Business, based in the Sydney office.

Karen is an expert in Corporate Social Responsibility leadership. She has experience across multiple industries including corporate, not-for-profit and government.

"I am excited to be joining a legal practice that is so dedicated to pro bono work to becoming leaders in diversity and inclusion" Karen said. "Working for one of the fastest growing legal practices in Australia provides a mountain of opportunities to grow the practices' Corporate Social Responsibility and to develop new ways to deliver legal services."

Karen's expertise has been built through many and varied business roles, where her contributions have impacted organizations, social institutions, employees and individuals for significant transformation.

Karen was recently Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) where she successfully designed and led the first CSR strategy for TCS in Australia and New Zealand. This resulted in TCS being named in the Top 10 Companies for CSR by the Australian Centre for CSR (2017) and First Place Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (2016) by the Australian Institute of Human Resources.

Her work designing and leading the Diversity and Inclusion programs for women in technology also resulted in the achievement of the Global CSR Platinum Award for Women’s Empowerment (2016).

Nick Crennan, Managing Partner, said: "Karen is a leader in Australia's Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro Bono environment and we are delighted to have her join us at Colin Biggers & Paisley."

Karen has a Bachelor of Laws from University of Technology Sydney as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Women's Studies) from Macquarie University.

Karen  is a member of Law Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

For more information, please contact Linda Branton on 02 8281 4594.

About Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley was founded over a century ago. Today we are a legal practice with 70 partners and 470 employees. We are highly regarded for our expertise in construction, insurance, property, government, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and safety, planning and environment, restructuring and insolvency, transport and logistics. We act for major corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, government departments and individuals. We have both the capacity and the expertise to deliver on complex national and multinational projects.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is based in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with associated firms in Adelaide and Perth. Through our affiliation with ADVOC Asia, ADVOC International, ADVOC Europe and ADVOC Latin America, as well as our close association with Dubai law firm LutfiCBP, we are able to offer access to quality legal advice around the globe.

We launched the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation in 2015, with a core focus on promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in Australia and abroad through an innovative mix of pro bono legal services, volunteering and charitable contributions.

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