Karon practises principally in the fields of equality and human rights law. She has a broad, largely claimant, practice, encompassing public law, employment law and civil actions. She also acts for NGOs and statutory bodies. Karon has an extensive advisory practice and in addition acts in, conducts and advises on statutory and non-statutory inquiries and investigations.
Karon has appeared in numerous cases at appellate level, including in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and she has appeared in the CJEU. Karon has also appeared in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.
Karon is an A Panel member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Preferred Counsel.
“Simply breathtaking.” – Chambers and Partners 2018
Karon’s recent cases include:
Karon has acted for and advised individuals, regulatory and other bodies in public inquiries, other statutory inquiries and internal investigations. These include:
Further, Karon has conducted investigations, including:
Karon has also acted in a number of lengthy and complex Inquests:
She has also been appointed ad hoc Assistant Coroner to conduct a number of lengthy and complex Inquests (2010 – 2017).
Karon is a member of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations.
Karon is a visiting professor in the UCL Faculty of Laws.
Karon has in the past held a number of judicial positions:
Her publications include: Monaghan on Equality Law (OUP 2013); The UK Supreme Court Yearbook 2017-8 (Appellate Press 2019) (chapter); The UK Supreme Court Yearbook 2016-7 (Appellate Press 2018) (chapter); ed. Hunter, McGlynn and Rackley, Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice (Hart 2010) (chapter); Clayton & Tomlinson, The Law of Human Rights (OUP 2009) (co-authored chapter); Blackstone’s Guide to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (OUP 2005); Discrimination Law Handbook (LAG 2002) (co-author); Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment: A UK Perspective (2014) Journal of Law and Policy 673; The Equality Bill: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing or Something More?  EHRLR 512; Constitutionalizing Equality: New Horizons  EHRLR 20.
Karon is co-editor of the UK Labour Law blog.
Karon was awarded Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 2010. Karon was named Employment Silk of the Year at both the 2017 Chambers & Partners Bar Awards and the 2017 Legal 500 Awards and she was featured in the Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list in 2018.
Karon regularly delivers lectures and talks on equality and human rights law.
She has also acted as:
Karon is a Patron of the charity FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) and a member of the Steering Group at the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, a centre that acts as an impartial voice addressing inequality in the industry.
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“Noted for her expertise in public and administrative law cases pursued on the grounds of equality and human rights law. She has considerable experience of challenging welfare reform on behalf of marginalised claimants. Other recent cases have concerned immigration, legal aid availability and Article 8 rights. ‘She’s a brilliant advocate on human rights and equality, and is brilliant to work with.’ ‘A doughty fighter who is client-friendly,’ and ‘a very effective and passionate advocate.’” (Chambers and Partners 2019)
“She is a fantastic advocate, who is calm in the face of complex legal arguments” (Legal 500 2019).
“A skilled practitioner with far-reaching expertise in human rights, discrimination and equality, employment and EU law. She regularly attracts instructions in high-profile, significant matters from a diverse range of clients, including charities, trade unions and private claimants.” (Chambers and Partners 2019)
“Widely regarded as the leading barrister for equality issues and discrimination claims. She represents individuals, charities, trade unions and NGOs, and receives instructions at all levels, including the Supreme Court. Incredible to work with and brilliant in court.” “A brilliant advocate.” (Chambers and Partners 2019)
“Simply breathtaking. She has a very high knowledge of discrimination law. Clear, precise, calm under pressure and an excellent advocate. Her passion for the pursuance of equality is apparent” (Chambers and Partners 2018)
“Fantastic on her feet and fights for what the clients want.” “She is an incredibly good and impressive advocate.” (Chambers and Partners 2018)
“She is admired for both her fierce advocacy and her emotional intelligence, which allows her to form solid relationships with clients and solicitors alike. Strengths: “She has the attention of the court; she is a commanding presence and an exceptional advocate. She is a really experienced discrimination barrister” (Chambers and Partners 2017)
“She is a fantastic advocate, who is calm in the face of complex legal arguments.” (Legal 500 2017)
“Strengths: Her ability to digest cases, work out the main arguments quickly and draft strong skeleton arguments is deeply impressive.” “She is fearless, utterly user-friendly and down-to-earth but immensely clever.” “Good at demystifying the law for clients and very good at getting to the heart of issues. She is good on her feet, eloquent and really impresses clients.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)