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Karen Staunton

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.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Immigration

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.

During her first six, Karen continued to gain experience of immigration cases by shadowing members of Chambers, and Karen welcomes instruction in this area.

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.

Crime

During her first six, Karen gained experience of a wide range of the work undertaken by members of Chambers in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. She shadowed on a variety of cases, from multi-day Crown Court trials to special reasons and exceptional hardship applications in the Magistrates’ Court. Karen accepts instruction in this area.

Family

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. Karen also volunteered at the BPP Family Law clinic while completing her BPTC.

General Civil

Karen accepts instruction in the County Court in small claims and fast track applications, case management hearings, and trials. She will also represent clients in Stage 3 hearings and infant settlement hearings.

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.

EDUCATION

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

Bachelor of Civil Law (University of Oxford, 2017)

BA in Jurisprudence (University of Oxford, 2016)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

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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