Karen is a Partner in the family law team, working closely with the head of department and department managers across the practice, with key responsibilities for IT and new business development, internal and external regulatory compliance, supervision and training and practice development. Karen joined the firm in 1996, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999 and has been a Partner since 2006.
Karen has been a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association) since May 2004 and has been on the committee for many years, first as treasurer and now as development officer for Merseyside.
In addition to providing support and assistance to the family solicitors in the practice, Karen has her own case load and provides advice on all aspects of family law including separation, financial settlements, domestic violence and children disputes. Karen has previously been accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer in all of these areas.
Karen favours conversation and mediation as a means of keeping a separating family communicating and has a collaborative law background, but is equally comfortable in court.
Karen’s role in the family team allows her the flexibility to move between all our offices, including London, Manchester, Bolton and St Helens, although she has a strong support team in Wigan where she is notionally based.
"What was a very stressful time in my life, was made a whole lot easier by Stephensons solicitors. Karen Atkins' advice, guidance and support was invaluable. I was given factual and clear information, which helped me understand the process, what I could expect and what was expected of me. Thank you" - View from a satisfied client
"Very helpful, honest and guided us through all stages of our claim. Would highly recommend them. Would have no hesitation using them in the future." - View from a satisfied client