Caroline is frequently instructed by local authorities on cases concerning commercial disputes, including high value infrastructure contracts, insurance contracts and contracts concerning the provision of broadband services. Caroline is also instructed on cases concerning public procurement and planning. Caroline has appeared at public inquiries and in the High Court and Court of Appeal on planning matters. Caroline is regularly instructed by a core group of local authorities on planning matters, as well as being instructed by solicitors and developers.
Caroline’s commercial and civil injunction experience together with her experience in local government and planning has led to Caroline being regularly instructed by local authorities to seek injunctions pursuant to section 222 Local Government Act 1972, 187B Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and s106 (5) Town and Country Planning Act 1990. As a result of her experience in obtaining injunctions pursuant to section 222 Local Government Act 1972 and section 187B Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Caroline has developed significant expertise in cases concerning unauthorised encampments. Recent instructions include the leading case of Harlow DC v Stokes & Ors.  EWHC 953 (QB), where the court granted the first borough-wide injunction prohibiting named Defendants from forming unauthorised encampments anywhere within the district of Harlow and Runnymede v Boyd & Ors., in which she successfully obtained the continuation of a section 187B injunction preventing 13 travellers’ families developing a caravan site in the green belt without planning consent.