‘Shipping Junior of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015 and recognised as one of Legal Week's 'Stars at the Bar' in 2013 ("Her attention to detail and analysis are first class and advocacy skills are excellent"), Caroline is further praised by Chambers UK for being "tough as nails, very bright and very succinct".
Caroline’s practice encompasses the broad range of general commercial litigation and arbitration. Her particular areas of specialism include shipping, carriage of goods, shipbuilding, energy and commodities. She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice and regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in arbitration, both as sole counsel and as junior. She is a popular choice of junior and enjoys a significant amount of led work. In particular, she is regularly led by Luke Parsons Q.C., Simon Rainey Q.C., Lionel Persey Q.C., and Simon Croall Q.C.
..."She is clearly very knowledgeable on shipping and provides good, accurate, timely and commercial advice"...(Chambers UK, 2017)
...” Preferred junior on very big and complex cases”…(Chambers UK, 2017)
…”She works hard and clients love her”…”Has a very clear, persuasive style, and is very hard working and committed”…(Chambers Global, 2016)
..."Incredibly hardworking and highly intelligent"...(Legal 500, 2016)
…"A highly regarded junior who is impressing many solicitors and peers at the Bar with her excellent advocacy and drafting skills"…(Chambers & Partners 2016)
"She is tough as nails, very bright and very succinct"(Chambers & Partners 2015)
"An extremely hard working junior who is good on detail and has sound judgment"(UK Legal 500 2015)
"... she punches above her weight in shipping matters. She knows the law and delivers very high-quality work, first time, on time, every time"…(Chambers & Partners 2014)
…"Her keen grip on the technical law combines with an easy, no-fuss approach which gets the job done"….(UK Legal 500 2014)
Recommended in the field of Shipping & Commodities in Chambers & Partners for the last seven years, as an "outstanding junior" who "punches above her weight in shipping matters. She knows the law and delivers very high-quality work, first time, on time, every time".
Dry shipping work forms the bedrock of Caroline's practice. She has extensive experience of bill of lading and charterparty disputes, including claims for damage to and / or mis-delivery of cargo, unsafe port cases, claims for early / late redelivery, off-hire disputes, claims for demurrage / damages for detention, claims under the NYPE Inter-Club Agreement and cases concerning the application and effect of the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules, and speed and consumption claims. Illustrative cases include:
In addition to the "dry" side of her practice, Caroline also has experience of numerous "wet" and other admiralty matters, including arrests, limitation claims, orders for sale and maritime liens. Recent cases include:
Caroline also undertakes a variety of work in the commodities field. Recent cases include a claim for damages in the Commercial Court for repudiation of two contracts for the sale of fuel oil / gas oil, the issues arising including whether or not binding contracts were concluded (and, if so, on what terms) and a counterclaim based on alleged wrongful presentation of documents pursuant to the associated letter of credit. Caroline is led by Simon Rainey Q.C.
Caroline has a rapidly expanding practice in the energy field and an increasing amount of experience in this highly technical and commercial area. Her current and recent cases include the following:
Caroline has extensive experience of the full-range of shipbuilding disputes and is well-versed in their complex legal and technical aspects. She is regularly instructed by a number of different shipyards (predominantly based in China and Korea) and has worked regularly with Lionel Persey Q.C. and James Turner Q.C. in particular in this field over the last few years. Her current and previous experience includes the following:
Ship Sale and Purchase
Caroline also handles ship sale and purchase disputes and has particular experience of the Norwegian Sale Form. Her on-going and previous cases include:
A significant proportion of Caroline's practice comprises cases dealt with by way of arbitration. Many of these cases proceed to an award on a documents-alone basis, where Caroline's skill lies in identifying the important issues and producing clear, focused and persuasive written submissions. Caroline has extensive experience of both LMAA and LCIA arbitrations.
Caroline's LCIA experience includes the following:
Caroline has also been instructed in a number of cases concerning applications to the Court under the 1996 Act, in particular applications under section 68 and 69. Recent cases include W Ltd v M Sdn Bhd  EWHC 422 (Comm), in which Caroline acted (with Luke Parsons Q.C.) and successfully resisted a s. 68 challenge to an arbitration award on the grounds of alleged apparent bias on the part of the arbitrator, notwithstanding that the conflict in question fell within the Non-Waivable Red List of the IBA Guidelines.
Caroline has experience in both marine and non-marine insurance matters, acting for assureds, underwriters and brokers in cases concerning such issues as coverage, non-disclosure and misrepresentation defences and claims co-operation clauses. Caroline also has experience of claims pursuant to P&I Club rules and claims under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930.
Caroline was junior counsel to the highly regarded and influential Nimrod Review, an independent, private review conducted by Charles Haddon-Cave QC (as he then was) into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the Royal Air Force Nimrod MR2 aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan on 2 September 2006.
“….knows the law and delivers very high-quality work, first time, on time, every time"(Chambers & Partners 2014)
Hertford College, Oxford - B.A. (Oxon) Jurisprudence (First Class Honours)
Université Panthéon-Assas (1999 – 2000) – Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français (Mention Bien)
BPP Law School – Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
Lincoln’s Inn Mansfield, Hardwicke & Droop Scholar.
Winner of the Robert Wright Mooting Competition 2003.
Working knowledge of French
COMBAR; Young International Arbitration Group of the LCIA; Young Arbitrators Forum of the ICC.
In the course of her career, Caroline has done placements at a number of major city law firms.
Travel, running, theatre.