Carolyn is a family law practitioner with considerable experience of a wide range of private and public law aspects of the subject, gained not only in private practice at the Bar in London but also as a local authority's in-house advocate and senior member of its legal team.
Carolyn was called to the Bar in 1991. She was the first female President of both the undergraduate Law Society in Nottingham and then of Lincoln’s Inn during her year of training for the Bar. She spent time in Strasbourg at the Council of Europe on a scholarship from her Inn, working primarily on a convention on money laundering.
She then spent some years in London in the leading family chambers at 42 Bedford Row, where she developed her practice in private and public law childcare cases, and finance and divorce.
She has worked for the past 10 years with Suffolk County Council as an in-house advocate in public law childcare. She specialises in the most serious and complex cases involving fabricated and induced illness (FII), non-accidental injury (NAI), sexual abuse and serious neglect, and regularly appears in all tiers of Court. She is also a trained family mediator.
Carolyn sat for many years on the Lincoln’s Inn Disciplinary Committee and the Bar Representative Committee. She has been involved in training social workers and lawyers, and regularly acts as an advocacy tutor for Lincoln’s Inn.
She is noted for her clear and focused thinking, and for being good with people. Carolyn’s peers describe her as “tenacious and always thoroughly prepared, the advocate you want on your side”
In 2015 Carolyn was appointed as a Deputy District Judge.