Karen Coleman

Specialist in Employment

Karen is a specialist employment lawyer who prides herself on giving commercial and off the fence advice.

Since qualifying in England in 1999 and then also in Scotland in 2003, Karen has advised a range of employers from household names to small owner managed businesses throughout England and Scotland particularly in the retail, manufacturing and IT sectors. Based in Stoke on Trent for the last few years, Karen has also worked in Edinburgh and Essex.

Karen advises on all day to day and occasional HR issues and particularly enjoys getting involved with the employee aspects of commercial transactions such as business sales and employee transfers from the public sector. Another of Karen’s particular specialties is advising on sensitive exits of senior employees and directors.


  • Advised an oil company on the dismissal of its Chief Executive for gross misconduct;
  • Acted for a London-based hedge fund manager in his tribunal claims against his employer;
  • Acted for a number of Scottish councils on all employment law issues arising from the sale of their housing stock and associated transfer of 100+ employees, including consultations with unions and employees, negotiations of warranties/indemnities;
  • Advised both public sector and PFI/PPP companies in relation to projects for the building of new schools and hospitals in both England and Scotland;




LLB (Hons) DipLaw English and Scottish Qualified


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.

Contact Details Karen Coleman
  • Email [email protected]
  • Office 0845 257 9449
  • Phone 01782 703052
  • Mobile 07985 237 002
  • Skype
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Latest Blog Posts

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

Posted in Excello Law Blogs on 18 Oct 2017

Autumn 2017 will go down as a tumultuous time in the brief history of Uber in Britain’s capital. On top of learning of TfL’s delicensing of their TFI license and subsequently launching an appeal against it, Uber have chosen to appeal the 2016 tribunal decision that their drivers are ‘workers’, and consequently entitled to the […]

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The Taylor Review – a step in the right direction?

Posted in Excello Law Blogs on 31 Jul 2017

The government’s review of Modern Working Practices, published in July, polarises opinion. But although it focused particularly on the contentious status of workers in the gig economy, recommendations in the Taylor Review were wide ranging. They include: People who work for companies like Deliveroo or Uber should be classed as dependent contractors Strategies must be […]

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"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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