Caroline is ranked for employment law in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. She is described as “Knowledgeable, great with clients and well prepared” and “Very sensible and very approachable. She does not overcomplicate issues and makes my life as a solicitor easier.” Another entry notes that she is “Tough, bold, charming and up for a challenge”.
Caroline is instructed on behalf of both claimants and respondents to advise and represent them in employment tribunals across the country as well as the EAT. Her range of instructions see her representing some of the largest companies in the country as well as individual claimants. She also has a busy public sector practice, acting for NHS Trusts and local authorities.
Caroline is known for her excellent client care and ability to communicate effectively with both private and public clients as well as those instructing her. A recent entry in Chambers and Partners describes her as “a very thorough and personable barrister”.
Further to her court work, Caroline also undertakes a broad range of advisory work and acts as an independent party in internal investigations and disciplinary matters (most frequently surrounding employer allegations of gross misconduct and more complex employee on employee allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination). Caroline is regularly instructed to advise on compromise agreements and also in judicial mediations.
Caroline is licensed to undertake public access work.
Caroline sits as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. She is also a school governor.
“Very determined and fiercely focussed with a sound understanding of the legal concepts.”
Legal 500 2021
“She is very easy to work with and very good with clients.”
Chambers UK 2021
“Very strong advocacy and cross-examination skills.” “Knowledgeable, great with clients and well prepared.”
Chambers UK 2020
“She has an excellent grasp of the issues and puts clients at ease.”
Legal 500 2020
“She provides clear and prompt advice, and has an excellent rapport with clients.” “She’s a very thorough and personable barrister.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Tough, bold, charming and up for a challenge.”
Legal 500 2019
“She’s really good. Clients just really like her, she has very good interpersonal skills, she’s concise and she gets to the nub of the issue.” “She was very easy to deal with: professional, efficient and very down-to-earth, putting the client at ease.”
Chambers UK 2018
Successfully represented a private mental health hospital against claims of discrimination, whistleblowing, health and safety breaches and automatic unfair dismissal following assaults of the Claimant by a resident.
Successfully represented a multi academy trust against claims of pregnancy and maternity leave discrimination following the Claimant’s redundancy upon return from maternity leave.
Successfully represented a NHS Trust against a disability discrimination claim regarding the withdrawal of a job offer. Further succeeded in having the Claimant’s appeal dismissed in the EAT.
Successfully represented a leading cleaning company against an indirect sex discrimination claim following questioning relating to dependent children at interview.
Successfully represented a Deanery against an indirect race discrimination claim brought on the basis that it did not acknowledge EEA equivalent medical qualifications (pursuant to the European Directive).
Successfully represented a leading employment business at a PHR to determine the employment status of a worker who had been on the same assignment for 13 years. Further succeeded in obtaining a costs order against the claimant.
Successfully represented a nurse in her unfair dismissal claim following the hospital’s finding that she was guilty of gross negligence.
Successfully represented an employment business in establishing that the Claimant was not an agency worker for the purposes of the Regulations as he was placed on an open-ended assignment.
Successfully represented a NHS Trust against a disability discrimination claim brought for unfair dismissal and failure to make reasonable adjustments. Successfully established that there was no link between the claimant’s disability and the chemicals used for decontamination.
Successfully represented a leading automobile business at a PHR to determine whether it was just and equitable to extend time so that the claimant’s claims were allowed to continue out of time. The Claimant had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in the intervening period.
Successfully represented multiple claimants in a redundancy claim on the basis that the redundancy exercise was unfairly coloured by management’s personal views of the employees.
BA(Hons) History. University of Leeds. First Class.
GDL and BVC. BPP Law School, London.