Personal Profile

Karen is an Associate in the Property Litigation Group. She specialises in a wide range of contentious property issues relating to both commercial and high value residential properties, with a particular emphasis on commercial landlord and tenant disputes. In particular, Karen advises both landlords and tenants in relation to rent arrears, forfeiture of leases, break notice issues, dilapidations, service charges, guarantees, property related insolvency and uncontested and contested business lease renewals. 

She also has experience advising developers in relation to obtaining vacant possession of development sites and on impediments to development.

Karen is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

key experience

  • Advising individuals, institutional and private investors, developers, corporate occupiers, and both landlords and tenants.
  • Advising on opposed and unopposed business lease renewals, including acting for a landlord in successfully reaching a negotiated settlement on an opposed business lease renewal based on the tenant's continual failure to pay its rent on time.
  • Advising on break clauses, dilapidations, rent and service charge arrears recovery and property-related insolvency.
  • Advising on charges over land, redemption of charges and enforcement of court orders by way of charging orders.
  • Advising on obtaining vacant possession of development sites, boundary disputes adverse possession and trespass.
  • Advising on residential property disputes, in particular in relation to management company disputes and deadlock in the management company.
  • Successfully obtaining possession of an extensive old school site in South London belonging to a hospital trust from approximately 50 established squatters.
  • Acting for a major residential developer defending a claim for fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation in respect of the sale of properties at a large development site in South East London.
  • Assisted in acting for a large shopping centre owner on a significant dilapidations claim arising out of four commercial tower blocks attached to the shopping centre.
  • Point West London Ltd v Rothschild Trust (Bermuda) Ltd - sole assistant in a complex long running dispute regarding service charges, defective curtain-walling and other defects in a luxury penthouse apartment in London succeeding in obtaining a substantial damages pay-out.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, DAC Beachcroft LLP
Trainee, DAC Beachcroft LLP (formerly Davies Arnold Cooper LLP prior to merger)
College of Law, LPC
Kings College London, Law LLB