Karen practises in shipping, sale of goods, international trade, banking, private international law, arbitration and insurance. After being called to the Bar, Karen practised at 20 Essex Street where she developed a commercial law practice, appearing before the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and in various arbitral proceedings including LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC.
She graduated with a first in jurisprudence from Oxford University and then took a first in the BCL. Karen then spent time at Practical Law Company establishing and leading Practical Law Arbitration before returning to the Bar. She wrote and developed guidance and current awareness covering all legal and practical aspects of English and international arbitration, including both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. More recently, following the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters, Karen was appointed Head of Current Awareness, with responsibility for updates published in Lawtel, Westlaw and Practical Law, and as such was responsible for the development of sectoral current awareness covering life sciences and energy law.
Karen writes and lectures widely on arbitration and private international law topics and is also a co-author of London Maritime Arbitration, published by Informa and now in its third edition.