- Bury Grammar school
- Nottingham University - LLB
- Inns of Court School of Law
- Raymond Bax Award - Grays Inn
- Recorder 2002 - Private Law Family. Public Law children. Crime
- Research Assistant at the Law Commission on their Family Law team - 1987
- Family Law Bar Association
- Northern Circuit
Karen came to Deans Court in 1987 following a year at the Law Commission as a research assistant on the Family Law team. Her pupil master was HHJ Eaglestone.
After spending 10 years working in all areas of family law and also prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court, Karen decided to specialise in matrimonial finance and private law children cases.
Karen has gained a reputation as a specialist in high value, complex financial remedy cases. She has a wide client base but most of her work is in Cheshire and Manchester.
She regularly provides training seminars for solicitors who specialise in matrimonial finance.
She frequently acts in cases concerning businesses/shareholdings of all types including property development, retail and manufacturing. She has acted in cases concerning high profile professionals from many fields as well as top sports people and media and entertainment personalities.
Discretionary trusts, inherited assets and foreign property often feature in her cases.
She has a particular interest in cases involving allegations of missing, dissipated or hidden assets.
In her work concerning children, she frequently deals with sensitive, complex cases including those where there are allegations of domestic abuse, alleged drink and drug misuse, psychiatric and psychological issues and removal from the jurisdiction. She sits as a Recorder on Family and Criminal cases.
Karen is a powerful advocate as well as being an experienced and sensible negotiator. She has a reputation for rigorous cross examination and a straightforward, pragmatic approach.
She has been consistently rated highly in all the important legal directories for many years,
G v G
Financial remedy matter.
Acted for a Husband whose ex Wife was severely incapacitated due to MS. The parties had been married for 31 years.
On her behalf it was argued that she needed more of the available capital in order to rehouse in suitable accommodation. This issue was central and evidence as to the cost of a suitable single floor home with disability adaptations was produced by both sides.
The Wife, who was only 54, had been living in a care home with mostly elderly residents for over 2 years since separation.
The receipt of capital would affect her various benefits.This had to be considered in detail. There would be less impact if she used her capital to buy a home.
Her future care costs were an issue. She argued that she would be able to live more cheaply in her own home, despite needing 24 hour care. Certain items would be provided by an NHS care package. The level of her income needs and entitlement to spousal maintenance were in issue. There were complex calculations in respect of the Wife's entitlement to a pension share of the Husband's police pension if she were to be awarded a greater than 50% share of the available capital.
S v S
Financial remedy matter.
Acted for a Husband who had married a much younger woman in the Philippines. She came to live in the UK two years after the wedding.
She had sent marital funds to her family abroad and the Husband had paid for a house to be built there for them.
The marriage was short but they had a child.
The Husband contributed all the assets of the marriage. He was nearing retirement and wished to preserve his pension and retain the marital home which had been his childhood home.
Instructed in a case about the jurisdiction of the court to entertain divorce proceedings. 2 petitions have been filed- Wife's in England, Husband's in Spain.
Instructed in a case in which the parties' 3 adult children have intervened in the financial proceedings to seek declarations that they are beneficially entitled to various properties held in the names of the Husband and Wife.
Acting for the mother of a professional footballer's baby in proceedings to obtain orders for the child's maintenance and provision of a home.
Highly respected for her work in the private child and matrimonial finance spaces. She is especially proficient at handling disputes involving hidden, dissipated or missing assets. "Smart and can assimilate a huge amount of information in such a short time; she is fantastic in court." "She is very experienced and very good with clients as she is calming, practical and straightforward."Chambers and Partners, 2018
‘An adamant negotiator.’Legal 500, 2017
Highly respected for her work in the private child and matrimonial finance spaces. She is especially proficient at handling disputes involving hidden, dissipated or missing assets. "She has an incisive grasp of key issues, pragmatic negotiation skills and very strong advocacy." "A superb advocate who is no-nonsense and practical."Chambers UK, 2017
'She can see the bigger picture and is a forceful advocate.'Legal 500, 2016
Band 1 Ranked. Impressive reputation for her experience and handling of financial matters and ancillary relief, including issues relating to businesses and real estate. Also handles private law children cases. "The leading light at the set for money cases." "She is top-notch; tough but fair, knows exactly how to advise the client and how to fight her corner."Chambers UK, 2016
She is quick-thinking, clear and conciseLegal 500, 2015
Receives widespread praise for her Financial remedy practice. Sources single her out for her incisive grasp of the issues and pragmatic negotiation skills. "She oozes experience and possesses really sound judgement." "A strident and formidable advocate with excellent client care skills."Chambers UK, 2015
Very experienced and a great advocateLegal 500, 2014
specialises in matrimonial finance and private children law.' One of four Band 1 Leading Juniors on the Northern Circuit.Legal 500, 2014
She is a great practitioner. You know that you are going to get a reasonable and sensible discussion.Chambers UK, 2014
Sources were keen to commend her expertise in matrimonial finance and cases concerning the Children Act.Chambers UK, 2013
The epitome of tough but fair but always says it as it is.' She is known for her 'feisty and pragmatic style.Chambers UK, 2012
highly recommended for financial mattersLegal 500, 2011
Sources admire "the sensible yet caring way that she gets the job done in the best interests of her clients."Chambers and Partners, 2011
strong financial practice.Legal 500, 2010
An exceptional advocate who can instil confidence in her clients without giving unrealistic expectations.Chambers UK, 2009
reputation for fighting hard in ancillary relief applications.Legal 500, 2009
Game for a fight, without being over-prone to pick oneChambers UK, 2008
Sets the hurdle high....UnfazedLegal 500, 2008
A very strong presence in Court, who always lets you know you’ve been in a fight’. ‘A strong negotiatorChambers UK, 2007