Karen studied law at Queen's University and qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Belfast. She practised law with another Belfast law firm before joining Francis Hanna & Company in 2011.
Karen is an Associate Solicitor within our Family Law Department. She is an accredited member of the Northern Ireland Children Order Panel and provides advice and representation to clients in relation to all aspects of family law.
Karen's particular expertise lies in the area of children's law and she provides specialist advice to her clients on residence and contact proceedings as well as care proceedings where Social Services are involved.
Karen also specialises in obtaining legal protection for clients who are victims of domestic abuse. She also provides representation to clients in relation to divorce, separation and ancillary relief matters.
Karen has a keen interest in international parental child abduction and matters invoking the Hague Convention. She is a member of a panel of specialist lawyers for Reunite International, a charity specialising in information relating to parental child abduction.
Karen also provides advice and assistance in relation to Future Planning and Elder Client matters within the firm. She is experienced in providing advice on Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney and assists clients with matters such as discretionary trusts and Controllership applications.