Karen was called to the Bar in 2001. Before joining KCH Garden Square in 2006, Karen worked in private practice and in 2005 gained a Masters in Law from Kings College London. Karen practices as a Family and Public Access barrister and is a qualified Mediator.


Karen has considerable experience of Public Law and Private Law Children Act Proceedings, with a particular emphasis on complex finding of fact hearings; appearing in all levels of Court. She acts on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, grandparents, children and Children’s Guardians and also has experience in representing vulnerable clients and those with mental health and learning disabilities. 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.


Work undertaken:

* Private Children Law

* Public Children Law

* International Relocation and Contact

* Court of Protection



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Additional information:

Karen is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, the Midlands Circuit, the South Eastern Circuit, the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution and the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Law Societies.



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Private Law

Karen deals with all aspects of disputes relating to children as well as injunctive relief (Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders and Committals). She has particular experience of cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and emotional abuse. She has also successfully acted for parents against whom false or unproven allegations have been made.

Public Law

Karen regularly appeals in cases involving serious violence against children, including child death, shaken babies, multiple fractures and burns and sexual abuse. Karen appears in cases involving neglect, factitious illness, attachment disorders and significant emotional harm to children. She is experienced in cross-examining experts on complex medical evidence, psychiatrists, psychologists and other expert witnesses on these issues.

Karen is also experienced in human rights claims and compensation cases regarding human rights breaches.


Karen has experience of dealing with international aspects of Children Law, including removals from the jurisdiction, international social work assessments and the transfer of proceedings under Art. 15 Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003.

Reported cases

O, (A Child), Re (application for a final care order-return to Nigeria) No 2 [2017]
Judgement available on the Bailii website here


BC v EF (No.2) (Parental Responsibility : Immunisation) [2017]
Judgement available on the Bailii website here


Re BC and EF, In the matter of M and N [2016].
Judgement available on the Bailii website here


O, (A Child), Re (application for a final care order- child having family in Nigeria-whether there should be further assessment) No 1 [2016]
Judgement available on the Bailii website here


Re H (Care Order: Designated Local Authority) [2016] EWFC 39.
Judgement available here


Leicester City Council v S [2014] EWHC 1575 (Fam)
Judgement available here


In the Matter of A (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 472.
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