Karen specialises in family law, with over 18 years’ experience in this area. She advises and represents children, children’s guardians, the Official Solicitor, parents, relatives, prospective adopters and Local Authorities.
Karen has considerable experience in all areas of children law with a particular emphasis on complex private law matters and child protection cases. She appears in public law cases involving non-accidental injury, fabricated induced illness, child deaths and sexual abuse. In the private law arena she represents parents and children in the most serious cases, involving domestic abuse, allegations of emotional harm and issues relating to parental mental health.
Karen’s approach to her clients is noted as being highly personable, warm, open minded and thorough, be they lay or professional clients. She is known for her sympathetic, clear and honest advice and has a reputation for fighting her client’s interests.
Children (Public Law)
Karen has many years of experience representing Local Authorities, parents, children and relatives in care and adoption proceeding appearing in multi-week trials and matters of complexity.
Karen appears in cases involving serious violence against children; non-accidental injuries including child deaths and shaken babies, factitious illness and sexual abuse as well as those involving significant emotional harm to children.
Children (Private Law)
Karen frequently appears in private law disputes relating to children, representing mothers, fathers, children and relatives. She appears in complex cases, involving serious allegations of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, physical assault and coercive and controlling behaviour. She represents clients in intractable contact disputes involving allegations of parental alienation, cases involving parents with serious psychiatric and psychological conditions and other complex matters requiring a Rule 16.4 Guardians, including cases with an international element.
International Family Law
Karen has experience of dealing with international aspects of Children Law. She appears in cases involving applications for permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction. She has experience of adoptions with an international elements, cases international assessments and the transfer of proceedings to EU countries.
In the Matter of A (Children)  EWCA Civ 472.
What the directories say
"Karen is always very up-to-date, very practical, and goes above and beyond on preparation." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023
"Karen is a skilled advocate. She is eloquent and powerful in court provides honest advice to clients who respect her for that." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023
"Karen is an excellent advocate in and out of the courtroom. She is not afraid to speak clearly and advise the client of any potential issues or points the other parties will raise. She is excellent in drafting, gives full attention to details, and is respectful but firm when addressing the court. She is a true professional with a warmth and confidence in her inter-personal interactions." Tier 3 - Legal 500, 2023
20 October 2022
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2023 – Leading Set in Family: Children
We are pleased to announce that we have been included as a leading set in Family: Children in the 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners, with 35 barristers ranked in this category.
28 September 2022
The Legal 500 2023 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
We are pleased to share that we are ranked as a Top Tier set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 guide.
22 October 2021
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2022 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Children
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2022 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Chambers and Partners
Band 3 - 2023
Tier 3 - 2023
Chambers and Partners
Band 3 - 2022