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Karen has been a member of the Advanced Family Law Panel since 2002 and specialises in divorce work, finance (covering high net worth individuals) and child care disputes.

She is a trained Collaborative Practitioner and an Accredited Family Mediator involved in mediation work on a daily basis. She is also able to undertake publically funded mediation.

Karen is really honest with clients about their cases. Plains peaking and someone who doesn’t sugar coat the truth, she steers clients to the best outcomes possible. With extensive experience in family law Karen is technically excellent and understands the practical and commercial aspects of her matters.

Karen gets great satisfaction from positive outcomes, and enjoys supporting clients through traumatic and difficult times. She is well respected and trusted by clients and colleagues alike.

  • "In my view, Karen Myles at the York office warrants particular mention for the excellence of her client care skills and the thoroughness and tenacity which she brings to bear in the conduct of her cases."

    The UK Legal 500 2022 edition
  • Karen is highly experienced in the conduct of mid to high value cases, and brings a compelling mix of rigour and pragmatism to bear in advancing her clients’ claims."

    The UK Legal 500, 2020 edition


Graduating with an LLB from the University of South Bank in 1991, Karen moved north to the College of Law in York to complete her Law Finals and never left. She has always specialised in family work. She trained and qualified at a niche family law firm in Leeds, before moving to head up a family team in a small family law firm. Moving to work at Rollits’ York office in 1998, Karen has been with the firm for almost 25 years and has consolidated her position as a leading Family layer and mediator in the city.


She is experienced in dealing in complex family cases often involving private family companies and/or family Trusts and is known for her “straight talking” and common sense approach to the problems faced by separating couples.