As former Chief Legal Adviser to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Karen is well versed on a wide range of property matters associated with the ownership and management of land. She has particular experience of public access to land issues, often associated with claims to public rights of way and village greens and is a member of DEFRA's Stakeholder Working Group advising on public rights of way legislation.
Having worked for a solicitors for several years (partner status), Karen is experienced in running cases from beginning to conclusion and can provide detailed guidance at all stages of this specialist litigation. Her clients have included individual landowners and their agents, developers, estates and parish councils as well as landowning organisations.
Her knowledge has been sharpened by her extensive lobbying experience, which has included drafting amendments to Bills such as the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill and the recent Deregulation Bill. In addition she has acted as advocate for pressure groups during the passage of legislation in the UK and in Europe.
Karen lectures extensively including for CLT and The Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and provides in-house seminars for solicitors and agents.