Caroline is a Senior Associate who specialises in dispute resolution and litigation. She practiced with a large commercial firm in Leeds, Walker Morris, in their commercial dispute resolution department for four years after qualifying in 2006. She moved to Fox to expand its dispute resolution capability in June 2011.
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 led significant claims in the Employment Tribunal, EAT, High Court and appeal courts. Her 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 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 has a particular interest in advising clients with regard to protecting their businesses from unlawful employee/partner competition and team moves or employees/partners responding to these allegations. She has written a number of articles for industry press on this subject. 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 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 enhancing prospects of 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).
Super Lawyers 2015 rank Caroline as a Rising Star for Commercial Litigation.
Referred to as part of “a very effective group of younger lawyers” supporting “elder statesman”, Ronnie Fox (Legal 500 2015)
“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).
Caroline is a Past President of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association, responsible for managing seminar and networking events for over 400 junior litigators and liaising with the main committee representing over 2,000 members. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Association of Partnership Practitioners (former Up and Coming Committee member). Caroline has taken an active role in a number of consultations, including the proposed introduction of fees in employment cases, the fee structure for claims in the High Court and Court of Appeal and the Chancery Modernisation Review.
“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.”
“Caroline is an extremely competent and professional lawyer who works to the highest degree of professionalism. Caroline and I work together on a very sensitive, high value and multijurisdictional litigation that she is coordinating impeccably. She is an excellent litigation lawyer, has keen insights into issues and works hard. I will not hesitate in the slightest to recommend her to a Client if I have the opportunity to do so.”