Caroline specialises in dispute resolution and litigation. She practiced with a large commercial firm in Leeds, in their commercial dispute resolution department for four years after qualifying in 2006. She moved to Fox & Partners to expand its dispute resolution capability in June 2011 and became a partner in 2017.
Caroline’s work often arises from a fall-out between (i) employers or professional firms (LLPs and traditional partnerships) on the one hand and (ii) employees, shareholders and directors or LLP members and partners on the other. Caroline has led significant claims in the Employment Tribunal, EAT, High Court and appeal courts.
Caroline has dealt with a broad range of commercial disputes, acting for corporate clients, professional firms, senior executives and partners. Her experience includes director and shareholder disputes, LLP and partnership disputes (including unfair prejudice actions), warranty claims, breaches of fiduciary duty claims, civil fraud claims, contract disputes and claims for misrepresentation, mistake and professional negligence (recently acting for a corporate client in claims involving specialist employment law work by a major law practice).
Caroline has acted in a number of restrictive covenant cases which have involved both obtaining and defending interim injunctions.
In the Employment Tribunal and EAT, Caroline has acted for a number of employees in the insurance and financial services sectors claiming automatic unfair dismissal for making protected disclosures about breaches of legal and regulatory obligations. Caroline has also spoken about whistleblowing on television.
Caroline frequently acts for professional firms in connection with the removal or de-equitisation of members or partners and for individuals responding to such requests. Much of her work is focused on the professional and financial services sectors. Caroline advises on complex private equity and hedge fund structures, often in connection with disputes concerning bonus, incentives and other entitlements on exit.
Caroline provides straightforward advice, which always takes account of the commercial goals of the client. With extensive experience of acting for both employers and partnerships and LLP members, partners and senior executives, Caroline understands the pressures on both sides. She focuses on achieving the optimum outcome in a cost effective manner, while safeguarding reputation and managing financial exposure. She has brought complex matters to a successful conclusion following a trial and alternative dispute resolution methods (including mediation, expert determination and arbitration).
Caroline is recommended as a Global Leaders in Who’s Who Legal for 2019, in recognition of Fox & Partners’ leading position in the profession for partnership and employment law.
“lauded for her recent work in private equity fund management and unfair dismissal cases.” Clients were “impressed by her intelligence, work ethic, knowledge and devotion to the case” and felt they were “being represented in the best way possible” (Chambers 2016 – “Associate to Watch” for Contentious Partnership”)
“identified by market observers as one of the firm’s leading lights. Field heads the litigation department and has experience of a broad range of partnership and shareholder disputes” (Chambers 2017 – “Associate to Watch” for Contentious Partnership).
“very highly regarded”, “really knows the area” and “[her] attention to detail is outstanding.” (Chambers 2018 and 2019 – Partnership).
“astute”, “capable under pressure” and “draws on her commercial litigation background to advise on partnership disputes (Legal 500 2019 – Partnership).
Caroline is a committee member of the London Litigation Solicitors Association (representing over 2,000 members) having been Past President of the Junior LSLA, responsible for managing seminar and networking events for over 400 junior litigators. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Association of Partnership Practitioners (Up and Coming Committee member). Caroline has taken an active role in working groups responding to consultations affecting access to justice. Most recently, she has contributed to road testing the Disclosure Review Document, an aspect of the proposals to radically reform disclosure by the Disclosure Working Group, chaired by Dame Elizabeth Gloster. She co-ordinated the LSLA’s response to the consultation launched in November 2017 and participated in a series of panel discussions to promote and collect feedback on the proposals, together with members of the judiciary and profession.
“Caroline provided me with invaluable legal advice and expertise in a long and highly contentious financial dispute. Caroline was unfailingly attentive and responsive. She is very hard working, and has an excellent understanding of complicated issues, a very thorough approach, and an undeterred, committed attitude that instilled in me confidence, even during the most difficult moments one inevitably experiences during a legal dispute. Caroline is not only a first class lawyer, but a truly empathic and supportive individual. It was a pleasure to work with her.”
“I would like to thank you for giving me the clear impression that my case is important to you… your genuine empathy along with professionalism and competence is heart warming”
“I wanted to thank you personally for being there for me from the very outset of this ordeal. You [Caroline] have been a fantastic lawyer. Not only were you able to digest huge amounts of information and make it understandable to me, but you have been very kind and honest in your assessments and recommendations along the way… you are a fantastic professional … you put the client at the heart of each recommendation. You have a unique gift of being able to couple fantastic legal expertise with kindness and empathy”.”