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 and high value employment tribunal litigation and commercial employment matters in the High Court, 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 hard working” 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 described in Chambers & Partners 2016 as "a brilliant advocate, who is very helpful to those that instruct her” and as "very hard-working, quick to respond and good with clients”.
Carol is listed in Legal 500 (2015) as a leading junior in both Employment and Professional Discipline: "She has phenomenal attention to detail and comes across extremely well in front of clients” and "she is exceptionally bright, strategically astute and thoroughly charming.”
Carol is particularly sought after for her careful attention to detail,her punchy and probing cross examination and her clear analysis of the law.
Recent work includes:
Carol has considerable experience acting for and against largefinancial institutions, nationaland multinational businesses, publicly listed companiesand governmental bodies on a wide range of employment litigation. A significant amount of her work involves, in particular, director and senior employeeissues. Her principalareas 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.
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 considerable experience of acting as an independent investigating officer and has experience of investigating diverse grievance and disciplinary matters, often involving detailed allegations and a wide range of 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.
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, her ability to absorb large amounts of material and her clear, commercial advice.
Carol is regularly invitedto lecture and conduct trainingsessions on aspectsof employment law and regulatory matters.
By popular request, Carol regularly visits law firms and conducts training seminars. She is always willing to tailor a lecture/semi- nar to fit the attendees’ requirements.
Carol is also a regular contributor to legal journals and other publications. Her most recent publications are ‘Termination of Em- ployment’ which she co-authored with John Bowers QC (Wildy, simmonds and Hill) and the chapter ‘Dismissal with or without Notice’ which she co-authored with Jeremy lewis for Butterworth Tolley’s loose-leaf‘Termination of Employment’ series.
Recent lectures given by Carol have included the following:
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