Associate Solicitor - Family Law
Caroline obtained an Honours degree in Norwegian & French with Scandinavian Literature (with a dabble in Neurolinguistics) at UEA, Norwich in 1995. After graduating she travelled to Norway with the assistance of a European Union scholarship and gained the equivalent of a First Class postgraduate qualification in Norwegian Public & Administrative Law at the University of Bergen.
She returned to the UK and worked for a year in the legal department of a large aggregates company before heading off to the rugged moors of the Pennines to study the CPE law conversion course and LPC.
From West Yorkshire her nomadic spirit took her to a training contract with Shoosmiths in their Northampton then Banbury offices where Caroline qualified as a solicitor in 2001, remaining with them in their family law department for two more years.
A yearning back to her own family roots and bigger hills than she could find in Oxfordshire brought Caroline back west in 2003, where she joined Longueville Gittins in Oswestry (who merged with Lanyon Bowdler in 2010) becoming an associate in 2014.
Caroline has built up a wealth of experience in all areas of family law and is an accredited specialist member of Resolution in 2007, for financial relief on divorce and domestic abuse. The latter is a particular area of interest for Caroline who previously sat for 12 years on the North Shropshire Domestic Violence Forum serving as Secretary then Treasurer. She also maintains strong links with the police, Women's Aid and other key workers in the field and is acutely aware that domestic abuse can be experienced by both women and men in any form of intimate relationship. She works creatively to find assistance that may not always have to involve Court.
Caroline is also very interested in Children Act applications to remove a child from the jurisdiction and has enjoyed much success in this area. Having spent much of her childhood abroad, Caroline has first-hand positive experience of a move overseas and considers she is very insightful and aware of the issues to be explored form the child's perspective in order to assist the parents' respective positions.
Caroline has also been registered on the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland since January 2017 and has been able to apply background knowledge and contacts arising from this, in a couple of UK cases involving Irish assets / children.
Caroline has dealt with the full range of financial orders upon divorce, including assets outside the jurisdiction.
She has also developed expertise in preparing "freedom to marry" affidavits for couples seeking to marry abroad.
In her spare time Caroline can generally be found wherever there are mountains. She is a regular hillwalker and climber (her enthusiasm for the latter perhaps compensating for technique...) and since 2006 has been an active member of SARDA Wales, the Mountain Rescue search dog team, involved in the training of search dogs by hiding for them and occasionally also participating in high-profile searches for missing people. She is a regular speaker about search dogs to local community groups all over Mid Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.
When not in the mountains or drying out wet kit afterwards, Caroline is interested in complementary health and therapies. She practises yoga and is a qualified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master Teacher. In the time left after that she is an enthusiastic world traveller, reader, cook and musician (performing and listening).
Caroline is recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500.
"Practical advice that was fit for purpose, no attempt to run up costs"
"Caroline was brilliant with me. She was sympathetic, listened well and was very supportive. Couldn't have had a better service"
"Willingness to take on an unusual case and legal knowledge of the area"
E & I Milrose
"I was impressed with the Pay As You Go service"