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Karen Staunton

Year of call: 2020

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Karen joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2021, following the successful completion of her pupillage.

Karen welcomes instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas, including immigration, family, crime and civil.

Karen read jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, after which she completed the BCL. She was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn as a Kennedy Scholar in 2020. Prior to commencing pupillage, Karen worked as a caseworker in the public law department of a large legal aid firm for a number of years.



Prior to pupillage, Karen qualified as a Level 2 accredited immigration and asylum senior caseworker. She regularly worked with victims of trafficking and torture in preparing asylum, trafficking, discretionary leave and bail applications, which were often run alongside complex public law challenges.

Karen has continued to build on this experience at Chambers, and is regularly instructed in bail, asylum and private immigration matters.

Public Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties

While working as a public law caseworker prior to pupillage, Karen worked on a number of high profile public law cases in a variety of courts, including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. These included challenges to the legality of the Detained Fast Track Rules, which fast-tracked asylum claims for applicants in immigration detention, and challenges to the time-limit on the support provided by the Home Office to victims of trafficking. A number of these challenges were brought on an urgent basis.

Karen also worked on several unlawful detention and false imprisonment cases, and human rights claims.

Karen hopes to continue working in this area at Chambers, and welcomes instruction in this area.


Karen undertakes work in the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Crown Court.

During her first six, she shadowed on a variety of cases, from multi-day Crown Court trials to special reasons and exceptional hardship applications in the Magistrates’ Court.

Since getting on her feet, Karen has acted in Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court trials, representing vulnerable defendants, including minors and clients who required intermediaries. She has acted for clients charged with offences including violent offences, drug offences, and possession of offensive weapons. She is also frequently instructed in driving matters. Karen is a Grade 1 CPS prosecutor.


Karen welcomes instruction in family law act, children and financial remedy proceedings. During her first six, Karen gained experience of a range of work in this area, including public and private children applications, and complex, multi-day, final hearings in financial remedy proceedings. Together with shadowing court hearings, Karen also accompanied members of Chambers to various types of alternate dispute resolution. She has built on this experience since getting on her feet, having been instructed in family law act matters. Karen also volunteered at the BPP Family Law clinic while completing her BPTC.

General Civil

Karen is regularly instructed in the County Court, representing clients in Stage 3 hearings, infant settlement hearings, small claims and fast track trials. She has experience in making relief from sanctions and other applications.

Property and Estates

During pupillage, Karen shadowed a number of mediations in wills disputes, including Inheritance Act 1975 claims. Karen accepts instruction in this area.

She also accepts instruction in landlord and tenant cases.


Bar Professional Training Course – LLM (BPP University, 2020)

Bachelor of Civil Law (University of Oxford, 2017)

BA in Jurisprudence (University of Oxford, 2016)


Winner of Landmark Chambers Judicial Review Moot (2020)

Kennedy Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2019)

Advocacy Award (BPP University, 2019)

Francis Taylor Building Prize in Environmental Law (University of Oxford, 2016)

Martin Wronker Jurisprudence Prize (University of Oxford, 2016)

Charnley Law Prize (Hertford College, University of Oxford, 2016)

First Year Scholarship (Hertford College, University of Oxford, 2014)

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