Karen Boyle

Called 2000


Karen Boyle specialises in complex personal injury cases, clinical negligence claims, employment law, coronial law and costs law.

Karen practiced for many years on the Northern Circuit in Manchester and joined Parklane Plowden in January 2024. She brings to chambers a wealth of experience and expertise.

In addition to her specialised practice as detailed in the core categories below, Karen is frequently instructed in costs cases arising from most claims. She also undertakes work for Water and Sewerage Undertakers pursuant to their statutory duties and obligations.

Karen is very approachable and is keen to ensure clients are put at their ease.  Karen is thorough and well prepared.  She prides herself on attention to detail and clear advice.

Areas of Expertise

In Personal Injury Karen is instructed in high value, complex cases, often involving fatalities, traumatic brain injury or catastrophic injuries.

Recent cases include breach of statutory duty claims, fatal accidents, road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability claims, injuries to reproductive organs, chronic pain, and psychological trauma. She is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association.

In Clinical Negligence, Karen receives instructions on cases involving a wide range of negligent care both in primary care settings and hospitals, including cancer diagnosis and care, obstetrics and gynaecology, elective surgery, ophthalmology, and orthopaedics.

Karen also has experience in cases involving geriatric care including development of pressure ulcers, developing in acute circumstances or over prolonged periods i.e. in care settings.

Karen’s employment practice includes work for Claimants and Respondents.  She regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal on cases involving unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.

Karen regularly acts in inquests, for interested parties, including family, private companies, and publicly funded bodies.  She is often then instructed in any subsequent claim.


Karen is part of the Education team and is keen to develop her practice in this area. She is happy to accept instructions on behalf of local authorities, governing bodies of all schools, colleges and universities and individuals.

Karen has wider experience of SEND as she is a parent governor of a school Governing Body.

Personal Injury Bar Association
Employment Lawyers' Association
Northern Circuit


University of Warwick, LLB (Hons) 2:1
Inns of Court School of Law, BVC, Very Competent