Karen Coleman

Partner in Employment

An employment law solicitor for over twenty years, Karen is on the employer’s side when it comes to the complexities and sensitivities surrounding employees and ‘doing the right thing.’

HR procedures and employing staff can be a challenge. Clients come to Karen because they may be struggling with employee issues such as absence or performance management, others may be worried whether they are compliant with working hours or other employment laws and some have such great staff that they are worried about the threat to their business if they leave. Karen supports clients to: follow the correct procedures when dealing with grievances, staff disciplinaries, redundancies; ensure compliance with employment laws; and protect their business from employee risks including those posed by key employee and senior executive exits.

  • Advised both public sector and PFI/PPP companies in relation to the TUPE implications of projects for the building of new schools and hospitals in both England and Scotland
  • Advised an oil company on the dismissal of its Chief Executive for gross misconduct
  • Advising and supporting HR managers with complicated and sensitive matters, including director exits and employee consultation
  • Advising small to medium business owners on their HR issues including the option of on a fixed price retainer basis
  • Representing employers in employment tribunal claims including for unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of collective consultation obligations
  • Supporting corporate law colleagues with the employee aspects of sales and purchases of businesses

Karen’s updates

The FCA is keeping a watchful eye on remote working

December 20, 2021

Can an employer insist their employees have the Covid-19 vaccine?

February 26, 2021

Former GB cyclist loses employment tribunal appeal against British Cycling

July 20, 2020

Equal pay test claim in the retail sector could affect many businesses

January 07, 2019

Is it time for gig economy businesses like Uber to buckle down and reform?

October 18, 2017

The Taylor Review – a step in the right direction?

July 31, 2017

The gig economy and the future of self-employment

April 27, 2017

Companies should review staffing structures after confusion over self-employment status

March 14, 2017