Caroline’s practice is focussed upon personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests and costs work. Within her personal injury practice 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. Caroline has a substantial clinical negligence practice which encompasses claims against all branches of the medical professions. She is regularly instructed on behalf of claimants, healthcare trusts and private healthcare providers. She appears frequently in the Coroner’s Court on behalf of public bodies, individual interested persons and bereaved families and has experience of Article 2 and jury inquests, and of cross-examination of court-appointed expert witnesses. 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 claims. She appears regularly in the High Court and county courts and has successfully negotiated settlements in a significant number of JSMs involving high-value claims. 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 is regularly instructed in inquests involving complex and sensitive matters, acting on behalf of public bodies, including healthcare trusts and local authorities, individual interested persons, including care home workers and employers, and bereaved families. She is regularly involved at an early stage in proceedings, advising on disclosure, evidence, procedure and strategy, both at the Pre-Inquest Review stage and beyond. Her experience includes Article 2 inquests, jury inquests and the cross-examination of expert witnesses. Most recently, she has represented:
Caroline has a well-established clinical negligence practice covering all branches of the medical professions and is regularly instructed on behalf of claimants, healthcare trusts and private healthcare providers. Over the course of the past 12 months she has represented claimants and defendants in cases alleging negligence against General Practitioners, general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, spinal surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, dentists, orthodontists, nurses and ophthalmologists, advising on a wide range of issues including delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, surgical errors and negligent nursing care. Recent cases have included:
Caroline is a member of Chambers’ specialist costs team and often appears in the SCCO and county courts in detailed assessment hearings, applications 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.
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.