Kirsten Scott Special Counsel

Kirsten is a leading dispute resolution lawyer with expertise in white-collar crime.

She specialises in contentious regulatory and enforcement matters from the investigation stage to defended administrative, civil, civil penalty and criminal proceedings. Her practice has a strong focus on supporting clients in the energy and resources sector.

Kirsten has co-authored the Australian chapter for the Global Investigations Review "The Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations" and the Australian chapter in the latest edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. She has also published chapters on corporate human rights violations and data privacy for Lexology and Thomson Reuters.

Kirsten is Secretary for the Australian Chapter of Women’s White Collar Defense Association and features in GIR’s 2021 Women in Investigations survey of 100 exceptional practitioners.



A company director

Advising on his prosecution for conspiracy to commit insider trading offences.

Large international mining company

Advising in relation to a cross border regulatory investigation and subsequent civil proceedings brought by ASIC in relation to an African asset.

Large Australian natural gas producer

Advising on a review of their Fraud and Corruption Control program, including on international best practice standards.

Managing Director of Forex CT

Advising in relation to an investigation conducted by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and its resultant Federal Court agreed civil penalty proceedings.

Perth based mining company

Advising in relation to an investigation being undertaken by the Australian Federal Police into allegations of corruption and bribery associated with the company's acquisition of foreign resources.


Advising a US energy company in the successful defence of a criminal prosecution and related civil claims arising from the Varanus Island gas explosion.

International arbitration proceedings

Advising on fraud and bribery allegations raised in international arbitration proceedings for companies with assets in African and Asian countries.

Various high wealth individuals and banks

Advising in relation to taxation audits, inquiries and investigations arising from Wickenby, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers.

Various International corporates

Advising on cyber crisis management, data breaches and OAIC enforcement issues.


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology


  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Australian Law Council Competition and Consumer Committee member
  • WA Criminal Lawyers Association (Criminal Law Committee member)
  • WA Law Society
  • SA Law Society
  • Australian Law Council

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