She is an entrepreneur having developed a thriving corporate firm from scratch and securing its place firmly in the City,
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.
Karen oversees our high-net worth clients, entrepreneurs and technology companies. 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. Often talks at specialist events and universities where we have a solid partnership .
Karen is highly regarded by her clients. Her longest standing client of many 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.
She won Best Business Women in Legal Services and Legal advisor of the year in 2017 whilst her firm maintains its listing in the Legal 500 year upon year. This is due to her entrepreneurial approach to law.
Her team has won Employment Team of the year from the Solicitors Journal and was a finalist for Commercial Team of the Year
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 personal innovation the firm won The Most Innovative Law Firm, London; was listed in the Legal 100 for Employment Work , awarded Business Law Firm 2017 and top 100 business. This led to her invitation to 10 Downing Street.
She publishes monthly blogs in IS4profit, Small Business 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, Grazia, Intercontinental Law & Finance Magazine, Innovation Enterprise, We are your City, Wealth & Finance International First Women, Just Entrepreneurs to name but a few.
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)
"the supportive, personal and proactive approach taken by ACLF got our merger across the line, which could have dragged on for months. We would like to thank the Commercial Team for their commercial expertise and robust approach. It made the merger of our regulated businesses a much more positive experience".
Richard Hoskins, principal of Kin Capital Limited
Having never been a business owner before I was so grateful when I came across Karen Holden and A City Law Firm. We instantly clicked and she ‘got’ what we were all about. Karen and her team really work hard to understand your business and treat you as a person, not just a number- so refreshing . I can’t thank Karen enough for putting us back on track, teaching us the basics and expertly formulating our shareholders agreement and applying swiftly and professionally for our IP. Karen’s understanding of start-ups and funding options is second to none. I foresee that A City Law Firm will be holding our hand and being part of our journey for many years to come.
We have used A City Law Firm for the last 12 months and have been hugely impressed with their professionalism, attention to detail, ability to deliver to a brief and work in a timely manner - and all at a reasonable cost. In a fast moving market we need lawyers who can deliver and act with complete integrity at all times. Karen Holden and her team of dedicated lawyers have proved beyond any doubt that they are that class act. We would not hesitate to recommend them to our own clients and we look forward to working with A City Law Firm for the long term.
Karen has helped us through and through since the start of my businesses. Handling commercial , employment & litigation legal issues. She’s professional, extremely enthused about what she does and how she does it. More importantly, she’s top of all core requirements… Efficiency along with cost-effectivity!
A City Law firm negotiated a high settlement which exceeded my expectations. Before I approached them I was struggling in knowing how to cope with an increasingly bitter and complex situation which had developed at work. I was scared of going to lawyers and the costs that could be involved but when I sat down in the initial meeting with Karen and Bianca they were so understanding, empathetic and human and explained everything clearly, professionally and with such kindness. It has meant I can start a fresh on my new business.
Going to work had become unbearable. I knew I was being bullied and treated very unfairly, but felt powerless to take any action. I found A City Law Firm online and received a quick response and after speaking to Karen, I felt immediately reassured that my treatment was unacceptable, and there was appropriate action that could be taken. I found them to be very understanding and supportive during this difficult time. My confidence has been restored and I look forward to my future and working with pride again. My sincere and heartfelt thanks.
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