Karen is head of our specialist Public Sector Estates Team and combines an impressive track record with a practical hands-on approach having advised health bodies, central and local government on a range of projects including regeneration, portfolio rationalisation and PPP transactions for 30 years.
She takes a particular interest in advising public sector clients on how changes in Government policy will affect their estates needs and strategies.
By way of example, she has brought together NHS Improvement and Health Trust leads to discuss the impact of the Naylor Review and the changes in clinical pathways being delivered through Sustainability and Transformation Plans on their estates and FM services. Karen is also running a seminar for local authorities on the post-Brexit estates landscape.
She has previously been named by industry magazine The Lawyer as one of the country’s top 5 public sector lawyers and was the author of the land and buildings chapter of leading legal publisher Sweet and Maxwell’s PPP Manual.
Karen is at the forefront of new strategic thinking having contributed to a highly innovative review of the back-office functions of all 30 health trusts in London looking at best practice and opportunities to secure efficiencies across their estates, procurement, legal, communications and IT support functions.
Examples of some of the pathfinding transactions Karen has advised on include:
- The advantages and disadvantages of different models of estates and FM vehicles
- Several Health Trusts on the estates and FM implications of service tenders and the formalisation of occupancies thereafter taking due account of backlog maintenance and non-compliance issues and the need for flexibility to deliver the service from alternative premises to achieve efficiencies
- A PFI style acquisition of a new hospital site from a developer through a special purpose vehicle
- A Foundation Trust on the property aspects of a high profile services outsourcing project undertaken alongside a County Council
- A Foundation Trust on a complex buy-back option over a former hospital site for onward sale for residential development
- The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on their role as part of a high profile multi-million pound Education and Enterprise Campus on a site adjoining Twickenham Rugby Ground
- The London Borough of Merton on one of the first conversions of a PFI school into an Academy
- Sheffield City Council on the redevelopment of one of the largest Council estates in partnership with housing associations and a private housing developer
- The transfer of the Royal Docks from the London Docklands Development Corporation to English Partnerships
- Mixed use development schemes at the Royal Docks in London and Chatham Maritime in Kent
- Over 20 completed PFI projects in the education, leisure, libraries and civic accommodation sectors.