Karen Jackson, Founder-Director is the force behind didlaw. Karen graduated from University College London in 1989 with a First and worked in the City for Arthur Andersen, J P Morgan and finally at Union Bank of Switzerland as a futures broker. After 7 years of non-stop stress on the trading floor she graduated law school with a Distinction and trained as a solicitor at Mishcon de Reya in London. Karen then became Head of Legal UK and Eire for the cosmetics giant L’Oreal, where most of her work focussed on employment.
Karen founded didlaw in 2008, following successful heart transplantation surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge in 2006. Karen is ranked in Chambers & Partners for her expertise in disability discrimination law and is a former trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. She is an ardent advocate for women’s rights and equality for all. She is member of the Legal Action Working Group formed by Maternity Action and regular speaker, writer and media commentator on equality at work. In 2013, Karen wrote her book, Disability Discrimination: Law and Case Management. A second edition is in preparation for publication in early 2019.
She is highly attuned to the issues around illness and disability in the workplace. She enjoys putting her technical and people skills to good use. Karen says: “I’m passionate about didlaw. The best thing about my job is the satisfaction of helping people and businesses through difficult times. I like using my energy and positivity to manage tricky situations, which are really stressful and time consuming, and achieving a positive outcome.”
Karen loves long walks with her dogs, cycling, pilates, yoga and opera, cocktails, baking and her Texan husband’s fantastic food. She has appeared in the media talking about her experience of transplantation and is widely featured in the press, on radio and on TV in relation to her work at didlaw.
For obvious reasons Karen is an ardent promoter of the Organ Donor Register. Have you signed up?