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Karen Jackson

Managing Director & Solicitor

     

Karen Jackson is the Founder-Director of didlaw.

“A foremost expert on disability discrimination claims for senior employees” with “an encyclopaedic knowledge and complete mastery of this area of employment law (Chambers And Partners 2019).

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 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.

Undergoing a successful heart transplantation in 2006, Karen has since been at the forefront of litigation and campaign work focused on protecting and furthering the rights of employees and is an ardent advocate for equality.  Karen acted for the claimant in the Supreme Court case of  Williams v Swansea, the first employment case on section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 at this level and has extensive experience of employment and discrimination litigation across all tribunals and courts.

A skilled negotiator, and accredited CEDR mediator Karen is passionate about early resolution for clients and has an impressive track record of obtaining quick and fantastic settlements for her clients.

Karen was appointed a “Champion” for the legal mental health charity LawCare and regularly acts for lawyers across all arms of the profession. She is a former trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and member of the Legal Action Working Group founded by Maternity Action.

Regularly asked to comment on employment and discrimination law issues in the national press and media, Karen appeared recently on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show discussing the issue of bullying and harassment in the cosmetics industry.

A force of nature, Karen also manages to find time to make up the panel of leading employment lawyers who write the bulletins for Daniel Barnett’s employment law bulletins, as well as write the odd legal text book.  in 2013 she published Disability Discrimination: Law and Case Management. She also provides accredited training on employment and discrimination law and practice for other legal professionals, employers and health practitioners.

In her spare time she loves long walks with her dogs, cycling, pilates, yoga and opera, cocktails, baking and her husband’s fantastic food.

what our clients say

didlaw have a unique understanding of mental health discrimination in the workplace. This proved reassuring.
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2019-11-15T12:06:11+00:00
didlaw have a unique understanding of mental health discrimination in the workplace. This proved reassuring.
Down to earth practical advice without complicated legal talk.
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2019-11-15T12:20:10+00:00
Down to earth practical advice without complicated legal talk.
Professional, expert in the field, empathetic & tenacious.
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2019-11-15T12:22:57+00:00
Professional, expert in the field, empathetic & tenacious.
I have great trust in your firm. I went into this wondering whether it might cost an absolute fortune & was pleasantly surprised.
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2019-11-15T12:23:20+00:00
I have great trust in your firm. I went into this wondering whether it might cost an absolute fortune & was pleasantly surprised.
At an extremely anxious time in my life, I felt supported from beginning to end. Thank you so much for the empathy & for making a very difficult life experience a lot easier on me.
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2019-11-15T12:25:45+00:00
At an extremely anxious time in my life, I felt supported from beginning to end. Thank you so much for the empathy & for making a very difficult life experience a lot easier on me.
I wanted to say how much I appreciated your genuine care & patience. The result of my case was brilliant. Your work makes a difference to people's lives.
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2019-11-15T12:26:10+00:00
I wanted to say how much I appreciated your genuine care & patience. The result of my case was brilliant. Your work makes a difference to people's lives.
Clear, concise, confident advice. Practical & effective negotiation of my case. Excellent & reassuring communication throughout.
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2019-11-15T12:26:36+00:00
Clear, concise, confident advice. Practical & effective negotiation of my case. Excellent & reassuring communication throughout.
I don't believe the quality of the advice I received could have been surpassed. The fees incurred were significantly outweighed by the increase in the settlement didlaw secured for me.
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2019-11-15T12:27:05+00:00
I don't believe the quality of the advice I received could have been surpassed. The fees incurred were significantly outweighed by the increase in the settlement didlaw secured for me.
I can only thank didlaw for their advice & swift response to all my needs.
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2019-11-15T12:27:36+00:00
I can only thank didlaw for their advice & swift response to all my needs.
If you need solid legal advice with a humane approach, look no further. didlaw more than exceeded my expectations.
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2019-11-15T12:28:00+00:00
If you need solid legal advice with a humane approach, look no further. didlaw more than exceeded my expectations.
Possibly the best maternity lawyers in the history of the universe.
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2019-11-15T12:28:26+00:00
Possibly the best maternity lawyers in the history of the universe.
You’re the cat’s whiskers!
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2019-11-15T12:28:50+00:00
You’re the cat’s whiskers!
Amazing service, very supportive & efficient team. I am so glad I was referred to them, they made a big difference in my life.
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2019-11-15T12:29:13+00:00
Amazing service, very supportive & efficient team. I am so glad I was referred to them, they made a big difference in my life.
I would always use didlaw again & recommend them. I was always updated & at ease, everything was explained clearly.
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2019-11-15T12:29:35+00:00
I would always use didlaw again & recommend them. I was always updated & at ease, everything was explained clearly.
I was extremely pleased with the excellent service & guidance I received from didlaw. The most important thing is to engage legal help early which helps enormously in establishing a clear plan & objectives. I was very pleased with the outcome & would have no hesitation in recommending didlaw.
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2019-11-15T12:30:04+00:00
I was extremely pleased with the excellent service & guidance I received from didlaw. The most important thing is to engage legal help early which helps enormously in establishing a clear plan & objectives. I was very pleased with the outcome & would have no hesitation in recommending didlaw.
I felt my case was dealt with very professionally & that the team was extremely responsive.
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2019-11-15T12:30:26+00:00
I felt my case was dealt with very professionally & that the team was extremely responsive.
Every didlaw staff member that I came into contact with dealt with my affairs in a friendly & professional manner, it was quite clear that I was their top priority.
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2019-11-15T12:30:49+00:00
Every didlaw staff member that I came into contact with dealt with my affairs in a friendly & professional manner, it was quite clear that I was their top priority.
Having a law firm that understands my disability made me feel more comfortable. The advice I received helped me achieve an outcome that was the best for me, allowing me to move on with my life.
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2019-11-15T12:31:11+00:00
Having a law firm that understands my disability made me feel more comfortable. The advice I received helped me achieve an outcome that was the best for me, allowing me to move on with my life.
Most of all I appreciated the kindness & understanding didlaw showed me when I was at my lowest & feeling very isolated.
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2019-11-15T12:31:36+00:00
Most of all I appreciated the kindness & understanding didlaw showed me when I was at my lowest & feeling very isolated.
The personal attention to the detail of my rather particular circumstances. Never wavering from what could be achieved & my emotional reaction to a difficult circumstance. Steady hand on the tiller.
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2019-11-15T12:32:02+00:00
The personal attention to the detail of my rather particular circumstances. Never wavering from what could be achieved & my emotional reaction to a difficult circumstance. Steady hand on the tiller.
Attentive & empathetic support & a very good result.
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2019-11-15T12:32:33+00:00
Attentive & empathetic support & a very good result.
Friendly, jargon-free advice, attentive, professional &, not least, effective.
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2019-11-15T12:32:59+00:00
Friendly, jargon-free advice, attentive, professional &, not least, effective.
The speed with which my situation was taken on board, understood and acted upon was excellent and very re-assuring. Throughout our dealings both empathy and communication were excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm.
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2019-09-27T15:37:09+01:00
The speed with which my situation was taken on board, understood and acted upon was excellent and very re-assuring. Throughout our dealings both empathy and communication were excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm.
I was having a very difficult time with my employers and didlaw gave me the support and legal clout that I needed in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I found everyone at didlaw to be very helpful, friendly and easy to talk to. In particular, I was always treated with great respect and never felt “put down”, stupid or rushed when speaking to didlaw staff about my employment matter, I could say all that I needed to say and was always listened to.
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2019-09-27T15:37:57+01:00
I was having a very difficult time with my employers and didlaw gave me the support and legal clout that I needed in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I found everyone at didlaw to be very helpful, friendly and easy to talk to. In particular, I was always treated with great respect and never felt “put down”, stupid or rushed when speaking to didlaw staff about my employment matter, I could say all that I needed to say and was always listened to.
Although I requested your legislative services I received far more than that. Your moral support throughout the difficult times I’ve been through has been more than I would have hoped for. It is true, you’re not just another law firm!
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2019-09-27T15:38:34+01:00
Although I requested your legislative services I received far more than that. Your moral support throughout the difficult times I’ve been through has been more than I would have hoped for. It is true, you’re not just another law firm!
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publications.

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”.

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