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Caroline joined Atkin Chambers as a tenant in September 2019, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Caroline has seen a broad range of construction and general commercial work at all stages of litigation, adjudication and arbitration. Her work has involved bespoke and standard form contracts including JCT, NEC, FIDIC, RIBA and ACE forms.
Caroline’s recent instructions include full trials in the County Court and applications in the High Court, both in person and remotely during lockdown. She is currently being led in two high-value international Arbitrations relating to major infrastructure projects in the Middle East. At the end of 2019, a secondment to the construction and dispute resolution team of an international law firm provided an insight into the commercial decisions employers and contractors face over the course of a project and the focused real-time advice they require.
Caroline graduated from the University of Oxford with a First-Class law degree and a Distinction on the BCL, and gained a distinction on the Bar Professional Training Course. Before starting pupillage, Caroline lived and worked in China and has conversational spoken and written Mandarin.
Caroline has seen PFI contracts relating to a hospital, road network and school and has provided written advice on the interpretation of change in law, limitation of liability and pass-down provisions in PFI contracts.
She has also drafted advice on the construction of a number of guarantees and bonds including the questions of (i) when damages have been ascertained and established; (ii) whether demands on the bond were in the correct form and (iii) whether an employer/beneficiary under a guarantee bond had to account for payments received from the guarantor under the guarantee bond in a claim brought against it by the contractor/debtor.
Caroline has also drafted procedural advices on transferring proceedings between courts, preliminary issue applications, disclosure applications, Part 20 claims and how to get costs protection against co-defendants.
2018 : International Chinese Language Programme, National University of Taiwan
2016-2017 : BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding)
2016-2017 : James Crouch Scholar (Gray’s Inn) and BPP Advocacy Scholar
2015-2016 : BCL (Distinction in all subjects including Conflict of Laws and Commercial Remedies), University of Oxford
Law Faculty Prize for the highest BCL mark in International and European Employment Law
Barry Nicholas Scholar (Brasenose College)
2012-2015 : BA in Jurisprudence (First Class), University of Oxford
Academic Scholarship, Brasenose College, Oxford
Caroline attended TECBAR, COMBAR and the Society of Construction Law events throughout her pupillage and completed the advocacy course at Gray’s Inn. As a marshal to judges in the TCC in November 2018, she saw an architect’s professional negligence trial and a number of CMCs.
Caroline speaks conversational Mandarin.