Caroline Allen’s practice is focussed upon personal injury, clinical negligence and costs work. She has particular experience of workplace claims including claims involving work-related stress, upper arm RSI, respiratory disease and industrial deafness. Her caseload includes catastrophic injury cases, occupational disease cases, accidents suffered abroad and fatal accidents. Her growing clinical negligence practice includes claims in respect of allegedly negligent surgical treatment and nursing care in mental healthcare facilities.
Caroline appears regularly in the Coroner’s Court, including inquests involving deaths following surgery and in care homes. She also undertakes a considerable body of costs work, particularly concerning costs issues arising in the context of personal injury and clinical negligence work.
Caroline writes and lectures regularly on a range of current issues.
Caroline has a specialist personal injury practice. Her caseload includes catastrophic injury cases, occupational disease cases, accidents suffered abroad and fatal accidents. She appears regularly in the High Court and county courts and has successfully negotiated settlements in a number of JSMs. She regularly drafts pleadings and advises in a wide range of personal injury matters. Workplace claims form a significant proportion of her practice in this area and include claims involving work-related stress, upper arm RSI, respiratory disease and industrial deafness. She has experience of expert cross-examination
Caroline has also considerable experience in the Coroner’s Court, including inquests involving deaths following surgery, deaths in care homes, deaths in the workplace and road traffic accidents. She is experienced in front of a jury.
Caroline has a rapidly expanding clinical negligence practice and is regularly instructed on behalf of both Claimants and the NHSLA. Recent cases include:
Caroline is a member of Chambers’ specialist costs team and often appears in the SCCO and county courts in detailed assessment hearings and appeals for receiving and paying parties. She also undertakes regular advisory work
Caroline is regularly instructed in insurance, sale of goods, property damage and general contractual matters, providing advice and representation in fast-track and multi-track actions. She has considerable experience of credit hire litigation.
Caroline appears at public inquiries and hearings on behalf of developers, local authorities and objectors in relation to a wide range of planning matters including waste, compulsory purchase, highways and footpaths and green belt development. She also undertakes a broad range of related advisory work, encompassing a range of planning and environmental matters..
She has a particular interest in the law of listed buildings and conservation areas. Notable experience includes successful resistance at inquiry to an enabling development scheme at the site of a scheduled ancient monument, prosecutions under the Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act on behalf of local authorities and obtaining an emergency High Court injunction to halt ongoing demolition works.
Caroline also has experience of enforcement proceedings, appearing on behalf of both local authorities and developers in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in a range of both planning and environmental matters.
Caroline has considerable experience in appearing on behalf of claimants and defendants in mediations, round table and joint settlement meetings. She received specialised training from world-leading Arbitrators prior to joining 39 Essex Chambers’ ADR panel for fixed fee arbitrations. Caroline also has a specialist costs practice and frequently advises upon both inter partes and solicitor / own client costs disputes, in addition to appearing regularly in the SCCO.
Environmental & Planning
Smout v Welsh Ministers 30 November 2011
Court of Appeal decision on the modification of planning permissions for landfilling at Hafod Quarry and whether Environmental Impact Assessment should have been carried out.
A380 South Devon Link Road (Kingskerswell Bypass) CPO Inquiry (2009) 15 September 2011
Represented local residents at a 2 week inquiry objecting to the grant of planning permission for a multi-million pound highways scheme.