Head of Crime, Regulatory and Extradition. Crime Supervisor, Head of Training
Karen is a Human Rights lawyer and is rated Band 1 in Chambers and Partners 2015. She is admired for her 'fearless' approach to complex 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.
Karen has been awarded the Law Society Excellence Award as being Legal Personality of the Year. She has also been listed in the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2013 and was shortlisted for Halsbury's Legal Personality of the Year Award in 2013. She is ranked in Chambers Directory as a ‘force to be reckoned with' and as Band 1 in Chambers 2016.
Karen specialises in criminal law including 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 cases to the Supreme Court and the ECtHR.
In relation to criminal cases, Karen has defended amongst many others Louise Sullivan (the Australian nanny accused of shaking a baby to death), Marie-Therese Kaouo which is the Victoria Climbie child murder case and R v Elliot White (the Chelsea banker murder). Karen has extensive experience of defending cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and the NCA. She also has extensive experience challenging the validity of search warrants, Production Orders and applications made under the Proceeds of Crime Act including the notable case of Chatwani and Van Der Pijl. She also represents various members of internet groups of "Anonymous" and "Lulzec". 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 a former member of the Solicitor's Disciplinary Tribunal and is a President of Mental Health Review Tribunals.