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 continues to advise a range of clients including local authorities, charities, social enterprises, government departments and educational institutions.
Caraline specialised 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 and is informed by human rights issues. She also deals with commercial and partnership arrangements for public sector clients in her specialist fields.
Caraline’s current role at Bates Wells is focused on all aspects of education from early years through to HE. She lead a team with a broad range of skills working with educational institutions across the sector on matters as diverse as mergers and commercial arrangements to safeguarding and work experience. She is particularly interested contributing to the development of education policy and in alternative provision education and work with several charities and multi academy trusts who specialise in this area. Caraline also advises on children’s services more widely and works with adult care providers and charities as well. Caraline is also part of BWB’s information law group and advises on a range of clients on data protection and freedom of information and, of course, GDPR.
Caraline is also a trustee of the Education Law Association