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Karen Todner

Managing Director

Karen is rated Band 1 in Chambers and Partners 2015.  She is admired for her 'fearless' approach to complex extradition cases.  Her peers characterise her as a 'formidable opponent' and a 'vociferous litigator'.

Karen qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has been the Managing Director of Kaim Todner Solicitors since its inception in 1990. 

Kaim Todner is now one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country, with four Directors and sixty staff.

In the last year Karen has been awarded the Law Society Excellence Award as being Legal Personality of the Year. She is also in the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2013 and is shortlisted for the Halsbury's Legal Personality of the Year Award in 2013. She is ranked in Chambers Directory as a ‘force to be reckoned with'.

Karen specialises in criminal law in particular extradition and fraud. Her extradition work is internationally known, in particular her representation of the "Pentagon Hacker", Gary McKinnon. She has undertaken numerous high profile extradition cases, such notable cases as Christopher Tappin (USA), the "Crete 5" (with an examination of Greek prison conditions), Andrew Symeou and Cyprus v Atkinson and Binnington (the right of appeal). She regularly takes case to the Supreme Court and the ECHR.

In relation to criminal cases, Karen has defended Louise Sullivan (the Australian nanny accused of shaking a baby to death), Marie-Therese Kaouo which is the Victoria Columbie child murder cases and various lengthy VAT frauds. She has extensive experience of defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and HMRC. She also represents various members of internet groups of "Anonymous" and "Lulzec". Last year Karen represented Occupy London SX in their various attempts to form encampments in the City of London. Karen has also represented numerous Police officers accused of wrong doing including a former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Karen is Vice President of the Solicitor's Disciplinary Tribunal and is a President of Mental Health Tribunals.

Winner of the The Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year award for 2012.

Karen Todner

[Photograph] Karen Todner