Karen is member of the Property Risks team with 13 years’ litigation experience, specialising in property damage recovery and liability claims, construction and engineering disputes.

She carries out high value and complex multi-track dispute resolution. Regularly employing ADR, and conducting her own advocacy, Karen consistently secures excellent outcomes for her clients.

She has acted for a variety of clients in property damage litigation including major commercial and household insurers as well as self-insureds. She has acted to recover insured and uninsured losses, business interruption losses and damages for loss and inconvenience. Karen also acts to obtain injunctions where necessary, for instance in respect of the removal of trees implicated in tree root induced clay shrinkage subsidence.

Karen's experience extends to a variety of property damage claims, including those arising from fire, flood, escape of water, impact and subsidence. 

Karen also has experience in dealing with subsidence mitigation claims to help clients achieve significant costs savings in stabilising and repairing property. 

Karen attends site investigations and works closely with forensic expert witnesses in building cases for her clients.

    Experience
    • Acting for the Claimant and their insurers in respect of two separate claims arising out of substantial fires at two restaurants, part of a large national chain, with a combined value of £1 million. Karen argued that the Defendant could not rely on allegations of contributory negligence against her client because its contractual duties went beyond any coextensive duties of care in tort. Both matters were settled at mediation on favourable terms for our client
    • Acting in relation to damage caused by an ingress of water to a bar situated in central London. The water originated from a mains water pipe located nearby for which there was strict liability under Section 209 of the Water Industry Act 1991. Karen acted promptly to secure an early interim payment and, shortly after finalisation of the business interruption loss and settlement of the insurance claim, secured a final payment
    • Successfully negotiated settlement on excellent terms in relation to the theft of diesel from storage tanks. The defendant, contracted to provide security services at the premises, failed to investigate or respond to CCTV detected motion and 11 separate alarm activations
    • Successfully negotiated settlement for a major household insurer in relation to fire damage to a family home, originating from a defective dishwasher. Karen pursued a claim against the manufacturer under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and in negligence. The claim was settled on favourable terms pre-action
    • Acting for the defendant, a large national landowner, in response to an alleged tree root induced clay shrinkage subsidence claim. Settlement was agreed, including costs, on excellent terms at a Joint Settlement Meeting prior to trial.