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.
Karen is ranked in Chambers and praised for her “encyclopaedic knowledge and complete mastery of this area of employment law”.
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.
what our clients say
Disability Discrimination: Law and Case Management, 1st Edition
Karen Jackson and Lydia Banerjee
Publisher: The Law Society
- First book dedicated to disability discrimination law since the Equality Act 2010 became law.
- Contains a comprehensive overview of the law.
- Accompanied by a case study showing how the law is applied in practice.
- Contains an overview of the Employment Tribunal process and precedents.
- The book also includes key guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission Statutory Code of Practice on Employment, the Office for Disability Issues Guidance on the Definition of disability and all the relevant extracts from the statutes around disability discrimination.
You can order your copy here.
Extract from amazon review: By P. C. Langman on 6 April 2014: “a very readable account of the law on disability discrimination and litigation case management. The practical experience of the authors in applying the law shines through … suitable for legal practitioners, students and lay readers alike. I would strongly recommend to anyone contemplating bringing a disability claim before a tribunal… This is still the best book I’ve read putting together the law with employment tribunal practice.”
Discrimination Law and Occupational Health Practice
Edited by: Diana Kloss and John Ballard
Publisher: The At Work Partnership (November 2012)
Work aimed at Occupational Health practitioners giving a thorough grounding in discrimination law in the work context.
- Other contributors to the book include Allen Tyrer, a former City lawyer whose website stammeringlaw.org.uk contains a wealth of information on disability discrimination law.
- Chapter 3 Legal protections for those with a disability is written by Karen Jackson of didlaw
- Discrimination laws are complex to the non-expert. This book aims to simplify the key areas so that OH professionals can do their job with an awareness of the issues.
You can order your copy here.
Health and Safety at Work magazine gave the book 4/4 for content and calls it “an absolute mine of information, with clear summaries of the law and of cases showing how it has been applied… the practical implications for OH specialists and indeed managers are set out very well”.