Senior Associate Solicitor
Karen has worked as a solicitor in the field of contentious Health and Social Care matters for over 30 years and has a wealth of expertise gained from working for Local authorities, Heath bodies and providers and on behalf of private individuals. Karen’s particular expertise is in advising on the legal frameworks for vulnerable adults and children who may lack capacity and have complex needs requiring decisions to made on their behalf . Karen is skilled in conducting challenges to public law decisions in relation to the provision of statutory services and in applications brought in the High Court and Court of Protection .She is a very experienced advocate.
Karen has been involved in representing individuals in a number of high profile and leading cases in the Court of Protection, including matters in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Karen has specialist knowledge in Safeguarding for both Adults and Children having been instrumental in the early establishment of Safeguarding Boards and advising them for a number of years. She has advised and represented public bodies in serious incident reviews and Inquests.
Karen’s background gives her a unique insight into representing vulnerable people and currently specializes in Mental Capacity and Court of Protection work .She frequently acts for the Official Solicitor but also takes instructions from advocates and family members. Cases range widely and have recently included representing individuals with Locked in syndrome, Korsakoff Syndrome, Gender Dysophoria , Complex medical interventions and Capacity in relation to sexual relations.
Karen is recognized in Legal 500 as a “go to” in this area and as a highly strategic thinker who places her client at the heart of what she does .She is passionate advocate of the right for all individuals to have a voice and for self determination.
Karen is frequently asked to speak at national conferences and provide training on issues relating to Mental Capacity and Community Care Law.