Karen Holden

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Karen is the founder of A City Law Firm having been admitted to the roll in 2005. Having obtained her degree in Law, Karen went on to achieve a Masters from the University of Cambridge and her LPC from the College of Law. Her studies were conducted whilst working full-time as a senior member of management in the public sector.

Karen's experience prior to establishing the firm was managing a busy UK department within an international London based law firm. She managed solicitors of varying experiences across several areas of law building up an impressive client base and caseload. She was often in the High Court of Justice and County Court representing clients and frequently managed mediations, multinational disputes and high value complex disputes. Karen has managed in excess of 200 people throughout her career and was asked by other law firms to consult on cases outside of their comfort zone, which they still do now.

She established the firm to provide experienced and dynamic solicitors in the City of London, who could think outside the box, whilst delivering at competitive costs. Having worked for large target based commercial law firms she wanted to offer a place where individuals and companies could obtain sound legal advice and develop a relationship with her firm that it trusted and relied upon. Clients have followed Karen since 2003 when she was training due to her track record in getting result.

Karen oversees our high-net worth clients, entrepreneurs and celebrity clients. She handles complex disputes including High Court cases. She also creates structures for businesses and individuals seeking to secure investment either through equity share, EIS or corporate bonds and debt financing, by making them legally investment ready and through regulated tax advisors commercially aware of the types of structures available. Current achievements she that she won a case in the Court of Appeal in 2016 that was lost by a top Magic Circle Firm; she settled two cases against two very large city institutions who had top magic circle firms on the books for double the price tag.

Karen also has a wealth of experience addressing LGBT matters, some of which have been particularly harrowing. As a result, she strives to enhance the legal resources available to the community and help support members find an equal footing. The firm sponsors a number of organisations and people who drive the community forward and this is specifically driven by Karen who challenges all forms of discrimination, harassment or unfair treatment. Stonewall often refer clients to us, we are exclusive lawyers in Attitude, we frequently talk on surrogacy and rarely will you see a firm offer a specialist LGBT section to its firm.

Karen is highly regarded by her clients. Her longest standing client of 13 years say's she has a command of litigation and her robust approach has always proven successful for our company.  It's her initiative and drive that means we achieve results, even my opponent after he lost to us engaged her afterwards he was that impressed.

Karen has been nominated over the years as Business Mum of the year, Working mums champion award , Women in Law leader, Business Female Leader

Karen was given an Albert for her charitable work for the Albert Kennedy Trust for setting up and running a successful, exclusive members networking group that boosted business in the LGBT business world whilst assisting AKT's charity.

As the result of her innovation the firm has won Most Innovative Law Firm, London 2017; listed in the Legal 100 for Employment Work and awarded Business Law Firm 2017.

She also received recognition and awards in the early days of the firm for her pioneering approach to offering legal services such as alternative family law  surrogacy and co-parenting & advice on niche areas HIV discrimination by insurance companies and employers. Frequently, she is asked to talk at conferences, seminars and provide editorial in various publications.

Karen is asked to give specialist talks and give expert opinions at the Law Society, University of Law & for Innovative women in business groups across London. She has also appeared on London News Nights

She publishes monthly blogs in IS4profit and Enterprise times which advises entrepreneurs and businesses.

Karen can be seen giving comments or articles in Home & Country magazine, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, London Loves Business, Intercontinental Law & Finance Magazine, Innovation Enterprise, We are your City, Wealth & Finance International First Women, Just Entrepreneurs to name but a few.

  • Assistance with UK company launching into the USA coordinating array of USA Attorneys
  • High profile overseas royal family member's overseas Trust dispute
  • Sports sponsorship termination dispute between Argentina and the UK (£250,000)
  • Successful High Court freezing order/injunction & civil claim and assisting with the criminal/private prosecution of the same party for fraud, theft and deception (£263,000)
  • Settling a Transgender discrimination case for a large compensation sum without the stress of court
  • Broadcasting license deal, film production bond, royalty agreement & associated documents for a group company (current worth 11 Million)
  • Vice President employment dispute concluding in a confidential settlement agreement (1.3Million)
  • Executive Director sex discrimination & Harassment claim settled (£234,000)

https://www.enterprisetimes.co.uk/2017/01/24/what-is-a-founders-agreement-and-10-reasons-why-your-business-needs-one/

http://is4profit.com/business-blog/the-effects-of-divorce-on-business-how-to-avoid-problems/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4113966/Woman-grew-council-estate-sets-parent-friendly-law-firm.html

https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2017/jan/09/divorce-day-business-protected-spouse-marriage-breakdown

http://firstwomen.co.uk/2016/11/28/business-advice-from-one-mumpreneur-to-another/

http://www.businesszone.co.uk/decide/scale/the-three-key-challenges-that-i-faced-when-starting-a-successful-law-firm

http://justentrepreneurs.co.uk/meet-the-entrepreneurs-1/meet-the-founder-of-a-city-law-firm.

http://www.iamnewgeneration.co.uk/ip-theft-set-to-rise-within-the-next-year-how-can-entrepreneurs-protect-themselves/

https://channels.theinnovationenterprise.com/articles/protecting-intellectual-property

http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/leadership/1123/5-ways-to-maintain-a-healthy-work-life-balance

Articles by Karen Holden

Benefit to High Net Worth Individuals
An increasing number of Individuals are taking advantage of the fiscal and lifestyle advantages attainable by establishing residency in Gibraltar, which
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Is the Equality Gap Closing?
Family Care asks: With National Careers Week and International Women's Day falling in the same month, what better time than
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Employers’ obligations towards homeworkers
As an employer you have the same responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of home workers as you would
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Employment Law
Our top employment solicitors in London offer specialist employment legal advice to employers and employees alike. Our goal is to
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Working mum work life / balance can this be achieved? 
So you’re pregnant, but you love your career, do you have to choose between your family and your success? In
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Refused a service because I am gay
The Court of Appeal has upheld the County Court’s decision confirming that Christian Hotel Owners Mr & Mrs Bull discriminated
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Disability Discrimination Act 1995
The Act (as amended) identifies three ways in which an employer might discriminate against a disabled employee. Firstly, by virtue
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Looking to invest in a company for your Entrepreneur Visa?
There are many people who will refer you to companies and accountants that can take in your investment, but these
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Magic hour: This mumpreneur’s secret of running a successful City law firm
Karen Holden of A City Law Firm shares her views It is often debated whether women can ‘have it all’
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Can Cancer strip a woman and/or mum of her identity?
Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm and Mumpreneur asks for your thoughts. I have never been diagnosed with
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‘Legal tips’ for any new business venture
You’ve had a great idea for a business; you’ve set yourself up and may even have staff working for you;
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