Specialist Lawyers

Karen Bulfin – Principal

Karen BulfinKaren Bulfin

Karen qualified as a Solicitor in 1985. Her interest in employment law was sparked in the early years of her career whilst working in the public sector. In 1994, with 3 young children and a brand new set of Employment Law Encyclopaedias installed in what was once her dining room, she set up her specialist employment law firm, Bulfin & Co. The Firm has grown to the 3 office practice that it is today and Karen herself is widely recognised as a specialist in her field.

Karen’s particular interests include shopping, theatre, ballet and dining out so it is not difficult to work out why her Firm specialises in the retail, entertainment and hospitality sectors. And even less of a surprise is that those 3 young children have grown up into 2 trainee Solicitors and a full time ballet student!

Karen is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association, the Law Society and the Independent Theatre Council (ITC). In her spare time she raises money for charity through singing with ‘Encore Voices’ and she performs, writes and directs for a community theatre group.

Meg Pennycook – Consultant and Tribunal specialist

Meg PennycookMeg Pennycook

Meg qualified as a barrister in 1992 at Middle Temple. She spent over 15 years working as an employed barrister within the private and public sectors, obtaining extensive experience in all areas of Employment Law, specialising particularly in TUPE, whistle-blowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Meg loves advocacy and is never happier than when she’s knee deep in Tribunal case papers. She has successfully represented both employers and employees in Employment Tribunal hearings, providing expert advice on tactics as well as employing her advocacy skills, and also has experience in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

She is a member of the Industrial Law Society,European employment Lawyers’ Association,Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Institute of Employment Rights. In her spare time, Meg enjoys opera and cycling.


Our HR team

Jane Chilman – Hospitality Sector specialist and Head of HR team

Jane ChilmanJane Chilman

Jane has worked as a freelance Human Resource consultant and training provider since 1993. Prior to this Jane held a variety of Human Resource Director roles in Hotels including Claridge’s and the Royal Garden Hotel. Holding a Masters degree in Human Resource Management, Jane is also a part-time Associate lecturer with Oxford Brookes University with experience in a variety of Human Resource undergraduate modules.

Through her personal circumstances, Jane has gained a particular understanding and awareness of the issues relating to disability in the workplace. As a result she has developed and now delivers a workshop covering employers and employees’ responsibilities when working with disabled colleagues.

In her free time Jane is an active a Mentor of the Oxford Brookes Alumi Mentor programme and an enthusiastic Club and International Rugby spectator.