Caraline is an experienced lawyer in public sector law and practice and spent the first half of her career in house at various local authorities before going into private practice. She has advised a range of clients including local authorities, charities, social enterprises, government departments and educational institutions.
Caraline specialises in law relating to the individual and their relationship with the state which has led to her developing a skill set which covers a range of legal areas including education, social care, health, safeguarding and information law and is informed by human rights issues. She also deals with commercial and partnership arrangements for public sector clients in her specialist fields.
Caraline retired in January 2020 from full time legal practice most recently as head of education law at Bates Wells. She now works as a consultant. She remains particularly interested in contributing to the development of education policy and alternative provision education.
Her board experience includes serving as a Director of Southend YMCA and the Education Law Association. During her local government career she chaired the North West and North Wales branch of the solicitors in local government group and served on their National Executive committee. She also edited their newsletter, the journal of the Education Law Association and the publication’ Education, Public Law and the Individual’.