Karen Coleman

Partner in Employment

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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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.

Karen's Experience

  • 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 is married with 2 young boys and likes to spend their weekends in the Peak District or visiting friends and family spread out between Surrey and Moray in Scotland.  She is interested in wildlife and enjoys walking and running and when not outdoors and the boys are asleep, she tries to fit in the occasional book.

LLB (Hons) DipLaw English and Scottish Qualified


“Karen is very approachable, supportive and encouraging and also `client focused` in her solutions whilst also identifying issues and risks. Karen demonstrates integrity, excellent communication skills, a flexible approach and professional expertise and I would not hesitate to recommend her to others.”

“I have worked with Karen on employment law matters for a number of years initially as a partner in the law firm we both worked for when I enthusiastically recommended Karen’s employment services to clients. When I left private practice to take up the position of General Counsel, I sought Karen’s advice and assistance for a particularly challenging and sensitive employment dispute (dismissal of our former Chief Executive for gross misconduct). Throughout those very trying and testing times.”

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