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Karen Birch

PSL Counsel

London

Birch Karen
Karen Birch

PSL Counsel

London

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.

News & insights

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Publications: 31 JANUARY 2020

Paving the way to the UK’s departure from the EU – an overview of the key provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020

Following the Conservative Party’s victory in the UK’s general election in December 2019, the priority for both the UK and the EU27 in relation to Brexit was the approval, ratification and implementation of the deal agreed at a political level between the European Commission and the UK in October 2019 on the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU (the Withdrawal Agreement).

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Publications: 15 JANUARY 2020

The Brexit transition period – business as usual for mainstream debt capital market issuance for now

The securing of a significant majority by the Conservatives in the December UK general election means that it is now likely that the UK will indeed leave the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. 

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Publications: 04 SEPTEMBER 2019

Can the UK Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit?

There are less than 100 days until 31 October 2019, when the UK will leave the European Union without a deal by default, unless between now and then the UK and EU27 are able to agree a deal or further extension to the Article 50 period (or the UK revokes its Article 50 notice).

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Publications: 03 SEPTEMBER 2019

Updated: can the UK Parliament stop a no-deal Brexit?

At the end of July we published a paper looking at the options available to Members of the UK Parliament (MPs) should they seek to prevent a no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019.

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1999

Academic

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