Partner, Planning & Environmental Law
- 0118 951 6864
Location: Reading, Henley-on-Thames & Wokingham
Qualified as a solicitor: 1989
Partner Karen Jones is head of our leading Planning & Environmental Law team and a highly regarded planning and environmental lawyer with over 30 years' experience. She advises clients from our Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham offices, as well as remotely.
Karen's expertise includes strategic planning advice, planning appeals, public inquiries and environmental law, particularly nature conservation law.
She has practised as a parliamentary lawyer and had considerable involvement in The Channel Tunnel Rail Link project. Karen has also worked in Local Government (in roles including interim head of legal and solicitor to the council), where the majority of her projects involved significant planning, environmental and conservation considerations.
Karen has published a practitioner's guide, Conservation and Land Use (2000) and written articles for sector journals, including a regular column in Waste Planning, while also featuring in the media.
Karen is a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (LARTPI) and holds both an LLB (Hons) Law and LLM Environmental Law from University College London. She previously taught at the College of Law and has lectured at the University of Reading's renowned School of Real Estate & Planning, part of Henley Business School.
Karen participates in a range of sector focused events across the Thames Valley and is a regular speaker at the firm's annual Property & Planning Law updates.
Blandy & Blandy is ranked among the UK's top 20 Planning Law firms in Planning magazine’s 2023 Planning Law Survey and is consistently recognised as a top tier firm in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Karen has also been individually recommended in both guides and is recognised in the highest band 1 category and as a 'leading individual' respectively. Furthermore, she is featured in Planning magazine's list of the country's highest rated planning solicitors, in joint 13th place.
In the past six years we have been named as a finalist in the ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ category at the Thames Valley Property Awards three times (2017, 2018 and 2023), winning in 2017. Recently, we were also named ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2023 Insider South East Property Awards and 'Best Law Firm' at the 2023 Royal Berkshire Property Awards. Our successful approach is further reflected in the excellent client feedback we continue to receive.
Legal Associate, Royal Town Planning Institute (LARTPI)
Member, UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
Member, Country Landowners’ Association (CLA)
Member, The Law Society
University College London, LLB (Hons) and LLM Environmental Law
Accreditations & Awards:
Recommended, Chambers UK
Leading individual, The Legal 500
Top 15 UK Planning Lawyer - Planning magazine 2023
Top 20 UK Planning Law Firm - Planning magazine 2023
Finalist - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2023
Winner - 'Best Law Firm', Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023
Winner - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Insider South East Property Awards 2023
Finalist - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2018
Winner - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2017