Caroline has worked in the field of criminal law for many years, initially commencing her career as a legal clerk in the Crown Court department of a small Stockport law firm.
Since her Police Station Accreditation in 2003 she has gained an enormous amount of experience acting on behalf of suspects arrested and detained at Police Stations throughout the North West.
Qualifying as a solicitor in 2006, she then started to work in the Magistrates and Youth Courts dealing with all manner of criminal offences. She attained Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS) duty solicitor status in 2007 which expanded both her experience and number of clients. Throughout her career she has gained extensive experience in many areas including youth, general and serious crime, prison law, anti-social behaviour orders and other criminal ancillary Court Orders. She has also attended the Crown Court and conducted Judge in chambers bail applications, preliminary hearings and appeals.
Caroline has daily experience of advocacy and negotiation at the Magistrates and Youth Courts and the often rapid pace of the courts in no way fazes her.
With a careful eye for detail she is regarded as having a professional but caring manner towards clients and is well respected in the legal profession.
R v B - Sentencing hearing stopped after Caroline successfully argued that it should be reheard after the Chairman of the bench appeared to fall asleep during the proceedings. The case was widely reported in the media.
R v W&W - Caroline was able to persuade a District Judge to avoid a custodial sentence in respect of two client’s who were arrested for production of a large quantity of cannabis plants
R v C : Successfully defended client charged with a domestic violence assault against his partner. The defendant was a man of good character and conviction of an offence of this nature would have had a devastating effect on his life. The matter proceeded to a full day trial involving expert cross examination. The magistrates found the case not proved and Mr C was found not guilty.
R v A - Client alleged to have assaulted a male in a busy nightclub on. The matter was complicated by the fact that there were so many witnesses both for the Crown and Defence who required expert questioning by Caroline. After a full day trial the Magistrates acquitted the defendant.