Karen Reardan

ACILEX and Head of Private Family

Karen is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive and Head of Private Family here at Askews Legal. Karen began her career at Hughes & Masser Solicitors, moving from there in 2000 to Penmans Solicitors where she remained for 19 and a half years before joining Askews. Karen has historically, worked in all areas of family law and now specialises in divorce and financial settlement, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes and cohabitation agreements on a privately funded basis.

Karen is a member of Resolution and follows the Code of Practice using the knowledge and skills she has acquired over the years to assist her clients, preferably, to reach agreement regarding how they will move forward from the breakdown in their relationship. Karen has advised clients in situations where there are substantial assets such as numerous properties, large pensions and other investments and situations where assets are very limited with the family home being the main capital asset. It is always essential that the needs of the family are met with the needs of any children being paramount. Achieving this often requires considerable creativity, which Karen is able to provide.

Karen was recently involved in a case where an issue arose as to whether a Trust had been created when contributions were made towards a property portfolio by the Mother of one party, she has represented clients who have lacked capacity requiring the need for the instruction of a Litigation Friend or the Official Solicitor and a case where one party was found to have multiple identities and had even purchased and sold properties using those identities.

If agreement cannot be reached, Karen is able to take the matter through the Court process in order to achieve a resolution. Karen has a keen ability to ensure clients fully understand the process whether that is through the Courts or via other means. Karen believes it is extremely important for clients to know what is happening with regards to their matter and why that is happening as she understands it can be a very stressful and daunting experience if this is not explained fully. Karen will always provide clients with an indication as to the length of time their matter is likely to take and an estimate of the level of costs they might expect to pay. Karen feels this enables clients to budget for their proceedings and to plan, with a light at the end of the tunnel to aim for.

Outside of work Karen enjoys walking, using the gym, reading and watching films. Karen is also a “petrol head” and loves to attend classic car shows and tours. Karen recently toured the Alps in a TVR Griffith 500 with 36 other cars. Karen owned, until recently, a TVR V8S (4.6 litre) which she also enjoyed working on under the guidance of her partner. Karen says she loves nothing more than rolling around under a car trying to work out which part does what and hunting down and resolving issues.

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J L
03:38 20 May 22
Askews and their team have been a pleasure to deal with regarding the sale of my late mothers house.Excellent communication , have kept me up to date throughout the whole process and replied promptly when i have had any questions. Cannot ask for anymore.Thankyou Askews,
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13:16 19 May 22
Pardeep from Askews has been our conveyancer for the sale of two neighbouring properties. One has now completed and the other is SSTC. He has organised new boundaries for the properties gardens with Land Registry. Throughout the whole process Pardeep has been approachable, happy to talk on the phone and explain the processes in simple easy to understand language. He has replied to emails promptly and clearly and kept us upto date with progress. Pardeep has been very proactive and efficient in dealing with other conveyncers and ensured that the sale went through smoothly. We highly recommend Pardeep and his team and feel very grateful that he is the conveyancer for our second property.
Jackie C.
Jackie C.
11:53 19 May 22
Karen Reardan dealt with matters for me promptly and professionally in very difficult circumstances. I can not praise highly enough her knowledge and composure.
Gavin R.
Gavin R.
13:37 13 May 22
Apostol C.
Apostol C.
14:08 11 May 22
I engaged the services of Miss Reardan, Askews Legal LLP, to help me reach a divorce related financial agreement acceptable to the court. This included the completion of a financial order and gaining approval of that order by the court. I dealt with the court directly on other aspects of the divorce. Miss Reardan was happy to work with me in this way.All my dealings with Miss Reardan were during the pandemic which meant we never met face to face, mostly communicating by email, letters and the very occasional telephone conversation after an initial video call. This worked very well. I found the advice given by Karen to be clear and very helpful. Questions were generally answered promptly, the very few exceptions occurring when she was supporting other clients in court which is totally understandable and acceptable. The pension on divorce expert engaged by Miss Reardan to calculate an appropriate pension split was equally efficient, cooperative and clear in their communication and final report.Miss Reardan and other Askews staff have always been very polite, straight forward and supportive towards me. Payment was requested and paid monthly, with an updated estimate every month showing what the likely overall spend would be. I found this worked well with no shock at the end.I employed Askews Legal LLP services after seeing an advert saying they specialised in the financial aspects relating to divorce. Overall, I am very pleased with their services and would recommend them to others in similar circumstances to mine.
Derek S
Derek S
15:39 05 May 22

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