Solicitor working within the employment team
Karen joined Thompsons in April 2016 and has been working in employment law and regulatory defence. She has wide-ranging experience advocating on behalf of clients in a number of different settings providing a comprehensive employment law service to trade union members, including advice and representation for all aspects of Employment Tribunal and Civil Court proceedings. In addition, she is regularly instructed to defend professionals against misconduct/lack of competence charges before their professional regulator (NMC, HCPC, SSSC etc).
Before qualifying as a solicitor Karen worked in the voluntary and public sectors in Scotland, providing rights based advice and representation in relation to consumer credit, debt advice, welfare rights and housing.
Karen completed her traineeship at a law centre providing advice and appearing at court and tribunal in relation to a wide range of legal matters such as housing, adults with incapacity; guardianships and power of attorney, welfare benefits, migrant rights, personal injury, criminal injuries compensation, insolvency and debt actions.
Karen has dealt with a wide range of housing law issues including; defending repossessions and evictions and preventing homelessness. She also advised on social and private tenancy agreements, has raised complaints to regulatory bodies in relation to mortgage lending and consumer credit, and has appeared before statutory panels on behalf of tenants whose landlords were in breach of their legal duties.
Karen has secured a number of settlements for clients in relation to unfair dismissal, unlawful deductions from wages, discrimination, personal injury and compensation for poor living conditions.
In addition to this Karen has instructed cases on judicial review in the Court of Session and human rights based appeals to the Upper Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to the Housing Benefit under-occupancy charge or ‘Bedroom Tax’. She has appeared in the Sheriff Court regularly for both defenders and pursuers in relation to small claims, summary and ordinary cause actions.
Karen has a background in the labour and trade union movement and working at Thompsons allows Karen to combine her legal skills with her passion for social justice, improving access to justice and campaigning to influence policy.
Karen prides herself on her ability to build excellent relationships with clients. She believes that being non-judgmental and taking the time to fully address client’s concerns makes the legal process less stressful and allows her to achieve the best results for her clients.
- 2015 Notary Public
- 2012 Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Strathclyde University)
- 2011 Bachelor of Laws (Strathclyde University)
- 2005 Bachelor of the Arts, Business (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Professional Memberships and Activities
- The Law Society of Scotland
- Former Board Member of Irvine Housing Association.
Telephone number: 0141 221 8840