Karen has worked in MacRoberts' Family Law team since 2017, and has practiced exclusively in family law for 10 years. Karen’s specialism lies in work relating to adoptions and permanence orders, having had significant experience in acting for both local authorities and prospective adopters in this area over the years. She is regularly approached for advice in this area from local authorities and adoption agencies.
Karen has experience in a variety of other areas of child law, to include child residence and contact disputes, child relocation and petitions under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. She has also provided advice in more niche areas relating to kinship care, surrogacy, education and guardianship matters. More recently, Karen has offered valuable advice and guidance to grandparents in relation to contact with their grandchildren.
Clients have commented on Karen’s supportive and professional approach in managing family law cases on particularly difficult and sensitive topics. She is regularly instructed in highly contentious contact cases, and this experience has resulted in a keen interest in the legal aspects of promoting shared parenting, including acting as a volunteer solicitor with Shared Parenting Scotland.
Karen also provides clear guidance in all matters concerning divorce and separation. She has experience in negotiating and drafting separation agreements in relation to cohabitation, and complex nuptial contracts (“pre-nups” and “post-nups”).
Karen is a volunteer solicitor with the Free Legal Advice Clinic at Edinburgh University and tutors in the Family Law Ordinary Course at Edinburgh University. She has also recently started volunteering at the Scottish Child Law Centre, and has completed a guide on Child Welfare Hearings which was published by Practical Law, as well as updating the annotations to the Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991.
Karen is a member of the Family Law Association, Scotland, and is a Notary Public.
Karen is also a member of the firm's Diversity & Wellbeing Forum, promoting the importance of wellbeing, diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace.
In addition, Karen's work contributed to the firm winning Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.