Prior to coming to the Bar Karen worked at Board level in the Publishing Industry in the 1980’s and 90’s. Between 1993 and 1999 she was Chairman of a £15million NHS Trust before overseeing a £30million merger with a neighbouring Trust. She came to the Bar in 2000. In 2001 she was appointed to Chair an Independent Statutory Inquiry and publish its findings into the care given by Health and Social Services to a mentally ill woman following her conviction for the manslaughter of her 6 year old son.
Karen now practises exclusively in the area of Personal Injury law for both Claimant and Defendant in the County Court and High Court. She is happy to take instructions on all level of Fast Track and Multi Track cases and Appeals. She has regularly taken instructions in high value cases where damages have exceeded £1,000,000. She has a particular interest in Special damage Schedules.
In 2010 she was Junior Counsel in a catastrophic brain injury case where damages of £4.2 million were recovered.
In 2014/2015 she was Junior Counsel in a particularly complex amputee/chronic pain syndrome case where damages in excess of £1million were recovered.
In 2015/16 she was Junior Counsel in a complex catastrophic brain injury case which settled in excess of £3 million.
Karen also has experience in the full range of costs issues relating to personal injury litigation; she has a particular interest in cost budgeting where she regularly advises both Claimants and Defendants and attends court on Costs Case Management Conferences.
Karen’s areas of practice include the following:
- Catastrophic Injury
- Fatal Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Employer’s Liability
- Occupier’s Liability
- Product Liability
- Highway Claims
- Fatal Accidents
- Serious Brain Injury
- Serious Spinal injuries
- Occupational Disease