She qualified in 1987 and for many years was the MD of one of the largest criminal defence firms in the UK. She now specialises in and has a formidable reputation in criminal defence and extradition.
She is admired for her ‘fearless’ approach to complex cases. Her peers characterise her as a ‘formidable opponent’ and a ‘vociferous litigator’.
Karen Todner is praised as a “top extradition solicitor” by a source, who goes on to note: “She is excellent with clients and is someone you want to have on your side.” She has particular expertise in handling extradition requests from Russia, as well as those that require complex consideration of human rights issues.
Karen has been awarded the Law Society Excellence Award as being Legal Personality of the year. She has also been listed in the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2013 and was shortlisted for Halsbury’s Legal Personality of the Year Award 2013. She is ranked in Chambers Directory as a ‘force to be reckoned with’ and as Band 1 in Chambers for the last six years. She has addressed Parliament and the Access to Justice Committee on human rights issues.
Karen specialises in criminal law including extradition and fraud.
Karen has also represented numerous Police Officers accused of wrong doing including a former Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Karen is accredited to attend Police stations to give effective advice to those under arrest anywhere in the country.
Karen has written many articles for newspapers and regularly gives expert comment on TV and Radio. Read Karen’s interview in this article in Spear’s magazine.
Karen Todner Limited is authorised by the SRA under number 650603 and Karen remains a consultant for GSG Law Limited who are regulated by the SRA under number 633146 and can represent those in need of Legal Aid. more info here
The Queen of Extradition
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Chambers UK guide 2019
Karen Todner of Karen Todner Limited “remains a market leader in this area,” according to sources, who praise her top-level extradition expertise. She has extensive experience handling complex proceedings, particularly those concerning significant human rights issues.
Chambers UK guide 2018
Karen Todner is “known to be one of the best in her field,” according to market commentators, who add: “She’s very tenacious and very charismatic.” She is highly experienced in the domain of extradition, and has a well-recognised public profile in relation to this practice area.