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‘Straight-talking, extremely thorough and passionate about the case she's advancing. You know exactly where you are with her. If you need a tough cookie, they don't come much tougher than her. - The Legal 500 2021

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2021 states "She is always well prepared and makes sure she will argue her client's case." "She's a robust advocate." in 2020: “she fights her corner and is a very strong advocate … She is fearless”. And in 2019 it described her as “a real tough cookie” and “fully committed and always looking for a unique point”.

Karen Lennon is a tenacious, respected and in-demand specialist family advocate with a wide range of experience encompassing private and public law.

Her practice takes in all aspects of family law, including Trusts of Land, Schedule 1 applications, and Care and Children Act cases.   She has represented Local Authorities, parents and family members, and children (both through their Guardian and directly) in complex, high-profile and multifaceted cases.  These include cases with complicated medical and mental health issues, serious and multiple non-accidental injuries, child death, sexual abuse, poisoning, fabricated illness, neglect, international relocation and placement and human rights issues.

No matter the difficultly of the case, Karen’s first priority is always ensuring the best outcome for her clients and she goes to great lengths to ensure that they are accurately informed, sensibly advised, and always heard by the court.  Clients consistently praise her approachability and no-nonsense explanations of the legal process.

With 15 years of experience in family law Karen is a practitioner of significant standing who is highly regarded by her colleagues and the judiciary for her understanding of law and practice, her thorough and analytical consideration of complex and difficult cases, and her dynamic and determined approach.

In the financial arena she is a gifted advocate who is comfortable with cases involving multiple assets, complex business accounts, or limited and unlimited companies and partnerships.  Karen is regularly sought after to advocate in cases involving high value assets, exceeding six figures.

Her professional approach, sensible and considered advice, and dedication to her cases keep her in high demand throughout the North East Circuit.

Karen was appointed as a deputy district judge in 2019 and sits in civil, family finance, and children matters.

Notable Cases

  • Re L: [2020]:   High Court; Representation of the children in a care case involving a child death with complex medical and factual issues, and where there were considerable breaches of the children’s human rights.
  • Re M [2019]: Care Proceedings; Representation of a mother in care proceedings facing allegations of Fabricated Illness involving voluminous medical records with multiple discipline expert evidence was required.  Karen successfully challenged the LA case and the children were returned home.
  • Re S [2018}: Care Proceedings; Representation of a foreign national parent in Adoption proceedings where the country of origin intervened. Evidence was taken from family members and social work assessors from abroad, as well as challenges to the use of foreign judgements in UK courts.  Karen successfully challenged the LA case and the children were returned home.
  • Re R [2017]: Human Rights Act; Representation of grandmother in care proceedings.  Karen skilfully challenged the LA and Children’s Guardian and succeeded in having the child placed in her care as well as successfully representing her in a Human Rights Claim against the LA arising out of the LA considerable failings in the case.
  • Re W: [2016]: High Court; Representation of adopted parents in an Adoption Act case where there has been a breakdown of placement and where there was consideration to be given to separating the adopted children.
  • Re: MG [2015]: Brussels II Case.  High Court; Representation of the father in proceedings where the main issue was the habitual residence of the children alongside an application to remove from the Jurisdiction.
  • Re: L & P [2015]: Warship Proceedings; High Court Proceedings where Karen acted for the LA seeking an injunction under the Inherent Jurisdiction where the risk was risk of sexual harm from association. Issues were relating to Mental Capacity under the Mental Health Capacity Act 2005.
  • Re: CG [2014]: Representation of the children in International Child Abduction Case.
  • Re: S [2013]: Care Proceedings, Court of Appeal; Acted for father where allegations of sexual abuse were set against allegations of coaching.  The case was appealed to the Court of Appeal.  Counsel was lead.
  • Re: C [2012] Care Proceedings; Representation of the father where father successfully applied to reopen a finding of fact.  Counsel was lead.
  • Re S [2011]: Care Proceedings, High Court; Representation of grandparents in case where the father killed the mother with issues as to where the children should reside, and contact with the father.
  • Re: M [2010]:  International Law; Representation of the mother in proceedings for permission to remove a child to a non-Brussels II country.

 

Directory Recommendations

Chambers and Partners 2021

“She is always well prepared and makes sure she will argue her client’s case.” “She’s a robust advocate.”

The Legal 500 2021

‘Straight-talking, extremely thorough and passionate about the case she’s advancing. You know exactly where you are with her. If you need a tough cookie, they don’t come much tougher than her.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020

“If you have a case where you want every point to be fought, she fights her corner and is a very strong advocate.”

“She is fearless.”

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

“A real tough cookie.”

“She’s fully committed and always looking out for a unique point to get across.”

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2018

“Tough and tenacious – a real street-fighter, particularly in children cases. She relates extremely well to clients, who like her straight talking.”

“She is the one if you need someone to fight for clients.”

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2017

“A real battler who makes clients feel she’s on their side, and never lets them get steamrollered into something they’re not comfortable with.”

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2016

“She will fight a client’s corner to the death. You know she will give her all in getting a good outcome.”

Appointments

  • Deputy District Judge

Memberships/Professional Qualifications

  • Member of the Northern Irish Bar (2003)
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the North East Circuit
  • Law exempting Bar Vocational Course LLB (Hons) 2:1 (Very Competent), Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne