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#Litigation, #dispute #resolution , #arbitration & #property disputes. Matthew specialises in #settlement,but if that fails his history at court speaks for itself: BVI property & commercial #shareholder disputes to #land or #construction cases .

#redundancy is a stressful time unless you negotiate a good deal ; benefits & focus on a new #job ! Let ACLF take the stress away we negotiate redundancy #settlements daily & have succeeded to better the deal, maintain relationships & it’s all at competitive rates

Insightful words from Dr Meg-John Barker hosted by Willis Towers Watson yesterday. Excellent to see open discussions about #gender and #trans in a traditionally corporate setting @Link_LGBT

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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 won Best Business Women in Legal Services and Legal advisor of the year in 2017; She was also a finalist for Best Business & Legal Advisor of the year in finance 2017

Her team won Employment Team of the year 2017 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 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 frequently asked to give specialist talks and give expert advice at the Law Society, University of Law , Business Funding Show and Natwest events across London. She has also appeared on various radio stations.

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.

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)

Articles by Karen Holden

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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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Data protection: what the big the changes mean to you
The Data Protection Act is about to be changed becoming tougher, and only about a third of businesses are ready
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Employee shareholding schemes
New legislation has come into effect which will allow employees to become shareholders in a company in exchange for surrendering
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Self-employed staff, are they still a risk to your business?
WE HAVE ALL READ THE CHALLENGES MADE AGAINST UBER, DELIVEROO, ADDISON LEE AND PIMLICO PLUMBERS BY MEMBERS OF STAFF. The
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This is what your business can learn from Apple when it comes to new products launches.
To much fanfare, Apple has just released the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. However a matter of hours before
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Franchise Agreements
Have you been offered a franchise or do you need to renew or sell yours? If so, let our team
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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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Updated Press Release:
Karen Holden is the founder of A City Law Firm judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-tt-v-the-registrar-general-for-england-and-wales-and-others/ "As a firm that champions equality we are of course disappointed
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How Should You Handle LGBT Discrimination In The Workplace?
Here Total Business hears from Karen Holden, the Founder of A City Law Firm, who discusses the steps in handling
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GDPR: Changing the ways businesses interact with their customers
From 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will be replaced by The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),
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CashFlow its an issue for every business
CashFlow its an issue for every business. Our founder was asked to speak with other CEOs as a legal adviser
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Recorded Conversations: Can we use them in court?
In this day and age you can buy recording devices from high street shops to a standard that even MI5
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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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Empty Judgments…insolvent defendant?
Empty Judgments: What to do when faced with an insolvent defendant company. It is a claimant’s nightmare: succeed in obtaining
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Cryptocurrency: What it means for divorcing couples.
Bitcoin is known as the “gold standard” of cryptocurrency. Chances are you’ve heard of it but may not really understand
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Recovering your debt if the debtor is abroad
If you are a creditor you will still be able to recover your debt and the costs are not as
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Recovery of pre-action legal costs
“Can I recover my costs from the other side?” This is one of the first questions asked in any dispute
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How Emojis Are Creeping Into The Courtroom
Jurisdictions around the world are starting to recognise that the law must evolve in conjuncture with language and digital communication.
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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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Cohab unmarried partners running a business (another angle too)
I own my own business and have recently separated from my partner, but I was not married. Could my partner
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Infringement of IP Rights
Q: What is Intellectual property? A: Intellectual Property (IP) ascribes the legal right that exists in products of human creativity.
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Is your business ready for investment?
Many businesses require funding or investment at some stage, either to launch or scale-up. The common route is equity share. Whilst
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Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Tech Start-ups Make
This month my company (A City Law Firm) marked our ten-year anniversary, which has made me think back to our
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Do you need to apply for an injunction?
An Injunction is an equitable remedy in the form of a Court Order that usually requires a person to do
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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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Six months on, how is your GDPR journey so far?
An article published in the Independent on 28 August 2018 reported that data breach complaints had increased by 160% since
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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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My partner took out a loan..now she’s told me to pay her back!
My partner took out a loan so I could buy a motorbike – now she’s told me to pay her
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9 game-changing laws that transformed women’s lives
There has been an incredible revolution over the past 100 years, which has transformed the lives of women. Opportunities have
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Drones in the Property & Constructions Industry is growing
Due to their flexibility and that fact Drones are now so small yet sophisticated they could soon become as common
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Mitigating business disruption during a litigation dispute.
Being party to a litigation dispute is not always simple. It is likely to be time consuming and it is
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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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The Dangers of Representing Yourself
All change The landscape of litigation has changed considerably this year. The guiding principle of the courts to deal with
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Nursery T&Cs what is hidden in there?
As parents we have a number of important decisions to make. One is who will look after and care for
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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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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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How should you handle LGBT discrimination in the workplace?
While there has been a growing acceptance of the LGBT community in the UK in recent years, which helps to
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Small business legal mistakes – and how to avoid them
Karen Holden of A City Law Firm has represented hundreds of tech businesses and sees the same issues time and
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Mediation? Is that really necessary?
Not necessarily but be warned! Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), mediation being the most well-known example, is now being strongly encouraged
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Break clause update – Canonical UK Ltd
Challenging rent terms in your lease: Canonical UK Ltd. v TST Millbank LLC In this case a tenant sought to break
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Recovering Debt
So…You find yourself on the wrong side of an unfortunate business agreement. Money is owed to you.  You try to
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Cohabitation Separation
It is a common misconception that a “common law marriage” is recognised in UK law; it is not.  Regrettably, irrespective
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Restructuring to save your business: Which route should you take?
A properly planned restructure can save a company. Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm, looks at the different options available
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What is IP and why do I need to protect it?
So you’ve come up with an awesome idea for a startup. You know that you have the potential to be
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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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Equality and diversity in the workplace – how to be compliant and inclusive
Inequality, unfortunately, is still prevalent in the workplace, despite equality legislation and recognition by many organisations of the importance of
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Brexit: Should we be worried?
A City Law Firm – Awarded ‘Innovative Law Firm of 2016 London’ We pride ourselves on being the ‘leading entrepreneur
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Smart Phone: Employee Weapon of Choice!
The smart phone, a seemingly innocent accessory, has revealed itself as a much more dangerous weapon against employers. The Smart
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