Karen Edwards FCILEx ILFM(Dip)

Karen Edwards FCILEx ILFM(Dip)

Head of Professional Development

Hi, I’m Karen, the Head of Professional Development at the ILFM. 

I joined the ILFM in April 2023, having worked in private legal practice for over 18 years. During my time in the legal industry, I have worked in a variety of roles, including Legal Secretary, Chartered Legal Executive and, most recently, in law firm management, as Operations Director. I graduated from University in 2005 with a LLB (Hons) Degree in Law before completing my CILEX training to become a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010.  

In law firm management my focus has always been primarily on financial operations and compliance, (including taking on the roles of COLP and COFA). The experience I have gained throughout those years have enabled me to develop a deep understanding of the key business, financial and regulatory requirements of running a law firm, particularly around protecting client money and assets, profitability and cashflow.  Key areas of responsibility have also included employee training, and development of Practice Management Systems (and sourcing new technology) to improve efficiency, productivity, financial performance, as well as using the technology to mitigate risk and ensure compliance. 

Most recently, I have obtained a CIMA qualification in Management Accounting, and a Diploma in Legal Finance & Compliance to add to my legal qualifications. 

I have a passion for knowledge and learning; always reading, educating and developing myself. My passion in legal finance and compliance is supporting and developing others. Education, training and motivating ILFM members through my role as Head of Professional Development allows me to follow my passion within our industry.

Outside of work, I enjoy musical theatre, learning about history and following different sports. I am also a governor at our local secondary school.