Karen Staunton

Karen Staunton
Karen Staunton

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

Karen welcomes instructions in many of Chambers’ practice areas, including immigration, family 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, deport and private immigration matters. She represents clients in appeal hearings in the First and Upper Tier Tribunals, and drafts grounds and opinions in the 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.

Since joining Chambers, Karen has been instructed in a number of judicial review cases in both the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court, false imprisonment claims and prison law human rights cases.


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 taking tenancy, having been instructed in Family Law Act, private children matters and matrimonial finance cases. Karen has acted at all stages of proceedings, including in multi-day fact findings hearings and final hearings.

Civil and Commercial

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 Housing

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, acting for both landlords and tenants in possession and disrepair claims.

Call: 2020
Bar Professional Training Course – LLM (BPP University, 2020)
Bachelor of Civil Law (University of Oxford, 2017)
BA in Jurisprudence (University of Oxford, 2016)
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