Carol is recognised as a leading junior in employment litigation by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. With a strong practice covering every area of employment law, she has developed particular expertise in discrimination law, regulatory work with an emphasis on healthcare and financial services and professional negligence. Praised by clients for her skill in managing high complexity cases, Carol has been described as "dedicated and tenacious” and "formidable in conference and in court”.
Carol specialises in highly confidential and sensitive matters. Operating with the utmost discretion to protect the commercial reputation of her clients, she is highly sought after by major UK and multinational corporations, banking institutions, and public authorities for internal investigations and large-scale discrimination and whistleblowing cases. She is routinely instructed by magic circle law firms on the basis of her deft ability "to instil confidence in the trickiest of cases” and "to grasp the detail of a case without losing sight of the bigger picture”.Appearing in the High Court and the Employment Tribunal both in interim hearings and at trial, Carol is "particularly good in handling witnesses”and is noted for her ability to provide a "punchy and probing” cross-examination. Combining thorough preparation and attention to detail with a "commercial, costs-sensitive approach”, Carol is "very client friendly and extremely hardworking” and she is valued by solicitors and clients alike for her hands-on style, her "practical and straightforward” advice, and her gift for getting straight to the heart of the matter.
Carol is particularly sought after for her careful attention to detail, probing cross-examinations and clear analysis of the law.
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Carol has considerable experience acting for and against large financial institutions, national and multinational businesses, publicly listed companies and governmental bodies on a wide range of employment litigation. A significant amount of her work involves, in particular, director and senior employee issues. Her principal areas of work include claims during the currency and termination of employment, wrongful dismissal and other breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty and bonus entitlements.
Recent work in the High Court includes:
She is also regularly instructed to advise on, and appear in, interim applications to enforce restrictive covenants and to protect confidential information, and is thus fully aware of the legal, practical and tactical issues that arise in such cases. She provides a thorough, commercial and smart approach.
Carol undertakes a wide range of statutory claims.
Notable recent employment tribunal cases include:
Carol is Joint Head of Littleton’s Disciplinary and Regulatory Group and Editor of the Group’s quarterly bulletin.
She regularly advises and appears at internal grievance and disciplinary panels in both the private and the public sector. She has also acted as an independent investigating officer and has experience of investigating diverse grievance and disciplinary matters, often involving detailed allegations and numerous witnesses. In this work, Carol has been instructed by a wide range of medical professionals and organisations, including medical defence unions, law firms, academic institutions, charities and private companies across various industries.
Carol has also been involved in a number of cases before professional regulatory panels. She has advised and defended a wide range of professionals facing investigation or disciplinary action by their regulators. She has dealt with a wide variety of cases, ranging from registration issues to allegations of serious misconduct and has experience of all stages of the process, including interim orders, appeals and restorations.
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Carol’s in-depth employment expertise has resulted in her being instructed, both for and against law firms, on cases of negligence involving employment litigation and other employment law issues. Over the years, she has acted in cases involving a variety of professionals, including dentists, travel agents, accountants and builders. She is particularly sought after for her precise drafting, ability to absorb large amounts of material and her clear, commercial advice.
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Publications and Talks
Recent lectures given by Carol have included the following:
Education and Awards