Thank you for the work you have done for me, Karen. I have very much appreciated your straightforward and transparent way of working.Ms H of Cambridge
Karen Anker Divorce & Family Law Solicitor
Karen qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has specialised in family breakdown arrangements throughout her career. She works closely with her clients dealing with divorce, separation, child disputes, contact arrangements, cohabitation breakdown and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Karen’s experience is focused on high net worth individuals with significant company, property trust or pension assets. She also deals with all aspects of children matters including applications to remove from the jurisdiction. As a collaborative lawyer, Karen brings specialist resolution skills to her practice but is equally competent in a courtroom scenario.
Karen joined Barr Ellison in 2016 having headed up the Family Law Department for 15 years in her previous firm. Karen is a Resolution-accredited specialist in the areas of complex financial remedies and children.
I am glad I chose you to represent me. You have been great and very professional.Ms Ball of Sandy
Collaborative divorce is a process where you and your former partner commit to settling matters without going to court. This is a short guide to how it is intended to unfold.
Where there is a real risk that an asset of value is going to be disposed of or in some other way removed beyond the reach of one spouse, then an application can be made [...]
A recent discussion on Radio 4 disclosed that a number of women said they had divorced without realising that they could claim against their husbands’ pension schemes.
This may be a case very much on its facts, but it shows the court being prepared to exclude a guaranteed inheritance.
What are my rights? This is the question most people caught up in family breakdown ask their solicitor. They are often quite frustrated at the answer!
Although it asks a lot of the clients (and the lawyers), it enables clients to look back and feel proud that they have taken control of the process.
Any wife coming before the court today on a divorce seeking a maintenance order for the rest of her life has a high hurdle to climb.
Prenuptial agreements come into play very strongly on second marriages.
I have now received my copy of the Cohabitation Agreement. Thank you for representing my interests and for your excellent work.
Many, many thanks for achieving this, Karen. I never thought the divorce would be settled without going back to court. Thank you for your wise advice and support. I would recommend you without hesitation.
Karen, thank you for your efficient, prompt attention to help us finalise this prenuptial agreement within a tight deadline.
Carole Lambert of Willingham
Karen Anker at Barr Ellison was superb - knowledgeable, supportive and able to provide strong leadership when needed. I highly recommend her.
Thank you for all your work Karen. I would have no hesitation in recommending your practice to other potential clients.
Mr Barker of Alton
Thank you Karen Anker for your professionalism, your patience, your efficiency and your expertise over the last eight or so months. The thing I appreciated from our first meeting and why I was confident when instructing you was that you'd tell me straight what the situation was and what was realistic within the law and our situation rather than telling me what I might want to hear or sugar-coat it, and that continued right the way through the trickier times of negotiation. I probably cost myself a few hundred pounds more asking all my questions and trying to think through all the possibilities(!), but it was worth it to get something I'm comfortable with and you explained things and guided me through the whole process brilliantly.
I found it a very good experience working with you, Karen, and I appreciated your manner in handling the issues that, frankly, I didn’t really want to deal with. You made it all very easy.
Mr Guyer of Cambridge
Many thanks, Karen, I really appreciate your help and support and I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Mr Jones of Kentford
Karen, I must record my gratitude to you and the other members of Barr Ellison staff who provided me with such efficient and sensitive help through this distressing and sleep-debilitating divorce.
Mr R of St Ives
I want to thank you so much, Karen, for your incredible efficiency, speed and professionalism. As always with Barr Ellison, I am overwhelmingly impressed.
Thanks for all your help and guidance over the past few months, Karen.
Mrs O of Burwell
Exceptional, helpful, considerate and still professional.
Mrs S of Hemel Hempstead
Thank you, Karen, for all your help and advice in dealing with my divorce finances.
Mrs Waites of Huntingdon
I am glad I chose you to represent me. You have been great and very professional.
Ms Ball of Sandy
Thank you so much Karen for your professionalism, understanding and support. Your efficiency is wonderfully refreshing.
Ms Banks of Witchford
Thank you for all your help, Karen. I have been very conscious of you diligently pushing me forward in a world of corporate and childcare chaos my end (and I am deeply grateful). Thank you also for words of reason when my patience ran thin with my husband and his own solicitor.
Ms Denton of Braintree
When Charlie and I started out along this Collaborative road, only 10 months ago, I don't think either of us expected to find the process as easy as it was, if that is the right word to use! Ignoring the emotional pain and stresses that naturally occur, the process you and Melanie guided us through has certainly eased these elements and also provided us with a structured dealing and planning mechanism for our divorce. Not only has it helped us work through the financial but also the 'family' elements to our future. I highly recommend the Collaborative process and your services to anyone going through a Divorce and I would also like to highlight the benefits of some form of family counselling, especially in the early days when everything is a bit raw.
Thank you for the work you have done for me, Karen. I have very much appreciated your straightforward and transparent way of working.
Ms H of Cambridge
You are marvellous, Karen. Thank you for all your brilliant hands-on guidance and laser-sharp advice.
R.M. of Cambridge
Thank you for sending through my copy of the final Pre-Nuptial Agreement and your invoice. I feel it is money well spent! Many thanks for your kindness and your efficiency Karen! You have helped me a great deal.
Mrs L of Cambridge
Just to say a big thank you for all your help advice and guidance over the past 18 months, you made it all worthwhile.
Pat Cooper of Sawston
I would like to thank you very much for your professionalism and your patience. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending you.
Andy Vines of Cambridge
Thank you for completing the work you have done so swiftly. You have achieved more in a week that my previous solicitor managed in many months.
Mrs Z of Cambridge
Always a pleasure to work with you. I am very appreciative of what you have helped me to achieve under the circumstances.
Karen has helped me through the most difficult years of my life. It has been a long, hard struggle but with her virtuosity, discipline and intelligence she got me through.
I just wanted to reiterate my heartfelt thanks for all that Karen Anker and her lovely team did to resolve my situation. Simply everyone is a pleasure to deal with in your office; from the receptionists, finance and of course, Karen and Anna. Please pass on my grateful thanks to all concerned.
Thank you so much for your email and all your work which you put into my matters. I really appreciate your professionalism and pragmatic approach.
Thanks for your counsel through the process, you have been exceptionally helpful, prompt and providing sound advice at all times.
Thank you Karen for all the work and time you have put in to get this divorce through.
Mrs S of Over
Many thanks for all your help and your measured and efficient approach to guiding me through my divorce.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and advice and especially your patience and understanding. The whole process has certainly been a learning curve for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a most satisfactory end result.