Karen Kabweru-Namulemu

Year of Call: 2001

Practice Overview

Karen specialises in family law, with over 18 years’ experience in this area.  She advises and represents children, children’s guardians, the Official Solicitor, parents, relatives, prospective adopters and Local Authorities. 

Karen has considerable experience in all areas of children law with a particular emphasis on complex private law matters and child protection cases.  She appears in public law cases involving non-accidental injury, fabricated induced illness, child deaths and sexual abuse.  In the private law arena she represents parents and children in the most serious cases, involving domestic abuse, allegations of emotional harm and issues relating to parental mental health.

Karen’s approach to her clients is noted as being highly personable, warm, open minded and thorough, be they lay or professional clients. She is known for her sympathetic, clear and honest advice and has a reputation for fighting her client’s interests.

  • Children (Public Law)

    Karen has many years of experience representing Local Authorities, parents, children and relatives in care and adoption proceeding appearing in multi-week trials and matters of complexity.

    Karen appears in cases involving serious violence against children; non-accidental injuries including child deaths and shaken babies, factitious illness and sexual abuse as well as those involving significant emotional harm to children. 

  • Children (Private Law)

    Karen frequently appears in private law disputes relating to children, representing mothers, fathers, children and relatives.  She appears in complex cases, involving serious allegations of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, physical assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.   She represents clients in intractable contact disputes involving allegations of parental alienation, cases involving parents with serious psychiatric and psychological conditions and other complex matters requiring a Rule 16.4 Guardians, including cases with an international element.

  • International Family Law

    Karen has experience of dealing with international aspects of Children Law.  She appears in cases involving applications for permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction.  She has experience of adoptions with an international elements, cases international assessments and the transfer of proceedings to EU countries.

  • Notable Cases
  • What the directories say

    "Karen Kabweru-Namulemu is a gifted barrister who has gone above and beyond for clients. She works very well with instructing solicitors ensuring the best outcome for the lay-client." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2024

    "Karen is a very diligent and hard-working barrister." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2024

    "Karen is an extremely hardworking and likeable barrister who is empathetic but practical, offering sensitive advice even when difficult for a client to hear. She is a great support throughout the case, even after the conclusion." Tier 3 - Legal 500, 2024

    "Karen is always very up-to-date, very practical, and goes above and beyond on preparation." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023

    "Karen is a skilled advocate. She is eloquent and powerful in court provides honest advice to clients who respect her for that." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023

    "Karen is an excellent advocate in and out of the courtroom. She is not afraid to speak clearly and advise the client of any potential issues or points the other parties will raise. She is excellent in drafting, gives full attention to details, and is respectful but firm when addressing the court. She is a true professional with a warmth and confidence in her inter-personal interactions." Tier 3 - Legal 500, 2023

Chambers and Partners


Band 3 - 2024

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 3 - 2024

Chambers and Partners


Band 3 - 2023

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 3 - 2023

Chambers and Partners


Band 3 - 2022