Karen practises in commercial law and international trade, with a particular focus on arbitration and shipping.
After being called to the Bar, Karen practised at Twenty Essex where she established a commercial law practice. She then spent time at Practical Law, establishing and leading Practical Law Arbitration. Following the acquisition of PLC by Thomson Reuters, she was appointed Head of Current Awareness, with responsibility for updates published in Lawtel, Westlaw and Practical Law. Karen returned to resume her practice at Twenty Essex in 2016.
Karen is regularly instructed to advise and appear in shipping, shipbuilding and arbitration disputes. She has particular expertise in arbitration law and procedural issues relating to arbitration, including award challenges, appointments and arbitrator challenges, costs and enforcement. Karen also has extensive shipping law expertise, and has recently advised in several off hire disputes arising from Covid 19 infections on board vessels.
She writes and lectures widely on arbitration, private international law and shipping topics. Karen is the co-author of London Maritime Arbitration, the fourth edition of which was published in 2017. She accepts appointments in maritime and commercial arbitration references.