Karen Hayward


Karen Hayward is a wills, probate and trusts specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rothera Sharp Solicitors. While it’s never too late to seek advice, it’s never too early to start planning.  Karen is available to help with straight talking advice for you.

She can provide expert legal advice and services on a wide range of matters covering the creation and administration of wills, probate, creation and registration of lasting powers of attorney, registration of enduring powers of attorney and deputyship applications in the Court of Protection.

Karen is based at our Beeston offices just outside of Nottingham city centre and can be contacted on  0115 9165204.

Qualifications & Experience

Karen has over 20 years’ experience of specialising in Wills and Probate work. She attained her CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualification in 1997. In 2010 Karen joined Rothera Sharp and she was made a partner in 2014. Karen is also a full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), and a STEP Trust and Estate Practitioner.

Office Base



Sue Radford


Wills, Probate and Trusts

Positions Held

Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx)
Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP)
Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Trustee of the Nottingham & District Pre-Retirement Council
Director of K A Hayward Limited
Partner at Rothera Sharp

Areas of Specialism

Chartered Institute of Legal Executors
Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners
Solicitors for the Elderly


Allotment gardening
Knitting and sewing


Institute of Legal Executives
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners
Solicitors for the Elderly


  • "Karen Hayward was recently instructed to handle matters related to a £1.1m estate, which included deed of variation for the benefit of a charity. The team also advised on business and agricultural property reliefs, the inheritance tax aspects of a £4m estate, and obtaining a succession order in Dubai as part of an intestate estate case."

    Legal 500, 2017

  • "Our solicitor was a pleasure to do business with. She was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. All in all a very good experience and we thoroughly recommend her."

    Lesley Brown

  • "Karen was interested in everything I told her about family etc. and the reason I was changing my will. I would not hesitate to contact her on ANY problem I have."

    Margaret Smith

  • "I was very nervous about the visit but was greeted with friendliness and kindness. The staff were professional and dealt with my case easily and quickly. Would recommend. Thank you."

    Lynda Haynes

  • "Rothera Sharp solicitors are a family friendly firm, with very good help and advice when most needed."

    Patricia Hayes

  • "All the staff I came into contact with were very friendly and helpful. My will was completed efficiently and speedily. I would definitely recommend Rothera Sharp."

    Joy Plummer

  • "I found my experience during my appointment to make my will very comfortable and reassuring while I was with Karen Hayward and left the office feeling confident that I had completed a task that needed doing, thank you for your prompt return."

    Shirley Ann Wright

  • "I have utilised the services of Rothera Sharp since they included German and Soar in the practice. I have found them to be extremely helpful, efficient and reliable. I would have no hesitation in either renewing or recommending their services-especially the Beeston office."

    James Dodsley

  • "Karen Hayward handled mum's estate very well, all went well as per usual having used Karen's services before. Would recommend and use again."

    Martin Skevington

  • "Throughout the process I feel that my needs were understood and dealt with in a professional manner but equally in a very personal way."

    Pamela Nice

  • "Very friendly and approachable staff. Professional approach and completed our request really quickly, keeping us informed."

    Colin Ward

  • "Karen was both extremely friendly and professional, she was helpful and understood my needs, and I always felt she had my interests at heart. She made what was a very difficult time much easier to cope with and I thank her for that."

    Julia Hart

  • "Karen was very professional and sympathetic to our emotions during a difficult time; it was very touching how she remembered my mother's character and displayed this when explaining the process we would be going through. She was always available for any queries. Thank you Karen."

    Etain Milner

  • "An excellent service; Karen in particular was extremely understanding. Her office staff were super too. Just what was needed in my circumstances. Very understanding and supportive."

    Christine Drewry

  • "Karen and her colleagues are very knowledgeable, engaging, sympathetic and understanding. They are a credit to their profession!"

    Stuart Monro

  • "When we came into the office we were made very comfortable. Karen Hayward was very nice, kind and professional. Every thing she has done has been done quickly and efficiently. Thank you Karen you made our life easy at a very sad time."

    Lynda White

  • "We have dealt with this firm both as a building company and privately for the last 36 years covering conveyancing, wills and probate and have always found them to be reliable, professional with a personal touch. We would thoroughly recommend them."

    Dennis Robins

  • "Highlights for Karen Hayward included handling several multimillion-pound estates, including one worth £3.5m and another worth £1.1m where the residuary beneficiary has signed a deed of variation to benefit charity."

    Legal 500, 2016

  • "My business was dealt with by a home visit by Karen Hayward. She dealt with my enquiry very efficiently."

    Edward Wright

  • "We found Karen's approach both friendly and professional. Right from the outset we felt like we were in safe hands and dealing with an experienced professional who understood our requirements and dealt with them in an efficient and reassuring manner. Outstanding!"

    Davy and Teresa Hudson

  • "We felt that we were dealt with in a very professional manner and we are pleased with the outcome."

    A.R. Spencer

  • "We told Karen how we wanted help and she dealt with everything until conclusion. Very professional and everything was easy to understand."

    David Beeston

  • "My case handled quickly, professionally and efficiently. Karen Hayward is a pleasure to deal with."

    John Tyrrell

  • "We found our dealings with Karen to be professional, helpful and friendly. She was always available and approachable when contacted."

    David Holland

  • "Excellent experience. Never used a solicitor before, Karen made it easy and was so nice and professional. Took care of everything and explained everything verbally and then in writing without using complicated terms. Can't recommend enough, 5 * all day long! Thanks again Karen!"

    Kenneth Lanchester

  • "Mrs Hayward was extremely efficient and pleasant drafting and completion of my will was all completed within a week. Very impressive and I will definitely use Rotheras for any future legal issues."

    Susan Muggridge

  • "We found Karen to be very approachable and friendly but at the same time very professional. She answered all our questions and would recommend any time to our friends."

    M. Simpson