Karen Ashton is one of the founding partners of Public Law Solicitors. She specialises in public law and human rights work, mainly in a social welfare context. She has particular experience in the community care and health fields.
Having qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked for 4 years post-qualification in an inner city legal aid practice. Karen developed her public law expertise in her 5 years at the Public Law Project (the only NGO specialising in developing the legal accountability of public authorities) first as Project Solicitor and then as Director of the organisation. She returned to private practice in 2001. Karen has vast experience of running judicial review cases, including cases on appeal to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords, across a wide range of public law and human rights issues.
The involvement of policy organisations in public interest judicial review cases is has been a long standing interest and Karen is experienced in advising and conducting third party interventions. She was involved in developing and conducting the early research on this subject at the Public Law Project, and provided witness evidence from a large number of not for profit legal service organisations in the case of R v Lord Chancellor ex p Witham  2 All E.R. 779.