Karen Dovaston – owner and principal solicitor
Karen qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and specialised in family law work from that point on after a broad range of training covering not only family law but also conveyancing, medical negligence, personal injury, employment and crime.
She is accredited by the Law Society for her expertise in family law. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having qualified as a financial arbitrator. She is the Vice Chair for the Forum of Family Arbitrators, which is the national organisation speaking for arbitrators in England and Wales. She is a member of Resolution and a past National Committee member of Resolution.
She was part of the on-line divorce and financial order pilot scheme for solicitors, working with HM Courts & Tribunals Service and often takes part in consultation exercises with HMCTS. She has taken part in the Focus Groups for the Pensions Advisory Group, aimed at improving the way in which pensions are dealt with in the family arena.
She is a school governor for a local secondary school and a Trustee on the Board of the Multi Academy Trust, which she thoroughly enjoys. She also takes part in the 6o Minute Mentor South East project, giving mentoring and guidance to Year 8 students. She is an active member of BNI Coastal and a past president of the group, with many business contacts in the area and beyond.
Karen loves using technology to help run her business and to give great outcomes on service for her clients.
Legal 500 in 2017 said of her ‘Karen Dovaston is an outstanding solicitor of the highest calibre with great communication skills and judgment’