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  Karen Birch

PSL Counsel/Head of LT KH


Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Karen is Counsel in Allen & Overy's London litigation practice. She has particular expertise in advising on cross-border governing law and jurisdiction issues and dispute resolution clauses in the context of complex international transactions. She advises clients globally across a wide range of sectors on the legal issues that arise in this area and on their practical implications for clients doing business internationally.

Karen also advises widely on other litigation and arbitration related issues, in particular on state immunity, English litigation procedure and legal privilege and on how clients can best manage their litigation risk. Karen is part of Allen & Overy's core Brexit team and has been heavily involved in advising clients on the legal implications of Brexit. Prior to that Karen was involved in advising clients on the risks arising from the eurozone crisis as part of a small team of Allen & Overy experts in this area.

Karen also provides both client facing and internal seminars and training on a range of key legal issues, recent developments and trends. Karen writes regularly for client publications and contributes to UK and EU consultations on law reform and to industry body discussions on recent developments in her areas of expertise. Karen has recently been invited to edit the Conflict of Laws Chapter of Butterworths' Encyclopaedia of Banking Law.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1999

Academic qualifications

BA, History, St John's College, Cambridge University, 1995

CPE, The College Of Law, London, 1996

LPC, The College Of Law, London, 1997

MA, History, University of Cambridge, 1999

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