Partner, Planning & Environmental Law
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Qualified as a solicitor: 1989
Karen Jones is a partner and head of our leading Planning & Environmental law team and a highly regarded planning and environmental lawyer with 30 years' experience.
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 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 has written articles for sector journals, including a regular column for 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 attends and speaks at a wide range of planning and sector focused events in London and across the Thames Valley, including the firm's biannual Property & Planning seminars.
Planning magazine’s 2020 Planning Law Survey ranked Blandy & Blandy among the UK's top 15 Planning Law firms, while the firm is also highly ranked in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Karen is also individually recommended in both guides, with the latter naming her a 'leading individual' in the field, and acknowledged as one of the top 10 Planning Law solicitors in the UK in the 2020 Planning Law Survey.
Legal Associate, Royal Town Planning Institute (LARTPI)
Member, UK Environmental Law Association (UKEL
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 10 UK Planning Lawyer - Planning magazine 2020
Top 20 UK Planning Law Firm - Planning magazine 2020
Finalist - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2018
Winner - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2017