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Christian Porter’s fiance Karen Espiner flashes diamond ring as they plan to expand legal empires

Christian Porter’s high-flying lawyer fiancee has showed off her diamond engagement ring as the couple announce plans to expand their separate legal empires. 

The loved-up couple happily smiled for the cameras on Saturday night when they walked the red carpet at the Telethon Ball in Perth, where Ms Espiner flashed her diamond ring and inadvertently showed off a butterfly tattoo on her side.

Mr Porter, 52, retired from politics and Scott Morrison’s government in December 2021, nine months after revealing he was the anonymous man referred to in media reports about a 16-year-old girl allegedly being raped back in 1988.

Mr Porter denied the allegation and sued the ABC for defamation with the case eventually being dropped and no damages awarded to the former attorney-general.

Mr Porter’s impending marriage to Ms Espiner will be his third after he split from his second wife Jennifer in 2020.

And while they celebrate their engagement, the power couple is also making plans to separately expand their legal services in Perth.

Karen Espiner (right) flashed her diamond engagement ring as she attended the Telethon Ball at Crown Towers in Perth with her fiance Christian Porter (left)

Mr Porter will team up with respected local lawyer Seamus Rafferty to form a group of barristers working under one roof and is expected to take on serious cases in the District and Supreme Court next year.

Ms Espiner will also spend more time in Perth after her NSW-based firm Hugo Law Group, that she is partner in, announced plans to expand to the West Australian capital.

Mr Rafferty said a name for his business venture with Mr Porter had not been settled on and the men would ‘work for themselves’, the West Australian reported. 

The couple have already been spotted wandering the courtrooms in Western Australia, seen observing proceedings at Perth Magistrates Court last week. 

Christian Porter and his new high-flying lawyer fiance Karen Espiner will expand their burgeoning legal empire in Perth just days after announcing their engagement

Christian Porter and his new high-flying lawyer fiance Karen Espiner will expand their burgeoning legal empire in Perth just days after announcing their engagement

Ms Espiner, who works in criminal defence, plans to split her time between her future husband’s hometown in Perth, Sydney and Canberra.

The couple’s appearance at the Telethon Ball came months after they were first spotted at the upmarket Coogee restaurant Mimi’s in February. 

They were pictured laughing and smiling as they met up with friends after attending a marathon six-hour lunch at the Justin Hemmes owned eatery. 

The pair were forced to maintain a long-distance relationship for the past year because Mr Porter is back to practicing law in Perth while Ms Espiner has her legal firm in Sydney. 

Mr Porter will team up with respected local lawyer Seamus Rafferty (right) to form a group of barristers working under one roof and offering the same services

Mr Porter will team up with respected local lawyer Seamus Rafferty (right) to form a group of barristers working under one roof and offering the same services

Ms Espiner previously she was not involved in Mr Porter’s defamation case but offered him personal support during the tough time. 

Mr Porter, a former Crown prosecutor for Western Australia, returned to the courts last year and is back working at his former firm Henley Stirling Lawyers.

He split from his wife Jennifer, also a lawyer, in January 2020, after 13 years together with the couple – who share two children – describing it as a mutual decision.

‘It is a mutual decision and no third parties are involved,’ they said at the time.

‘We have been working hard to see what could be possible because first and foremost we are loving parents to two wonderful little children.’

Mr Porter, a former Crown prosecutor for Western Australia, returned to the courts last year and is back working at his former firm Henley Stirling Lawyers

Mr Porter, a former Crown prosecutor for Western Australia, returned to the courts last year and is back working at his former firm Henley Stirling Lawyers 

Ms Espiner is among Sydney’s most high-powered lawyers and was named Criminal Law Partner of the Year at the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards. 

Much of her 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,’ according to the Younes + Espiner Lawyers website.

‘She also appears in complicated local court matters for clients whose personal and professional reputations are at risk.

‘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.’

WHO IS HIGH-POWERED LAWYER KAREN ESPINER?

Karen Espiner is a hotshot criminal lawyer based in Sydney.

She co-founded Younes + Espiner Lawyers and was named Criminal Law Partner of the Year at the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Awards.

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,’ her website states.

‘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.’ 

The legal eagle went public with her relationship with Christian Porter last year when he was in the midst of his defamation case against the ABC. 

Ms Espiner said she was not involved in Mr Porter’s defamation case but offered him personal support during the tough time.    

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