Practice Summary

Caroline has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial disputes including as Queens’ Counsel for 13 years, as a nationally accredited mediator and as an international arbitrator. She has practised in Australia, New York and London and is admitted in all three jurisdictions.  She was appointed Queens Counsel in 2008.

Caroline maintains chambers at Owen Dixon Chambers West in Melbourne, Australia, and at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London. She practices in a broad range of commercial law, insurance law, construction, energy and intellectual property disputes.

Caroline is the only female Chartered Arbitrator in Australia.  She is the President of the Australian branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a Fellow of CIArb, a Fellow of the Australian Centre For Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and a Fellow of  the Arbitrators’ and Mediatiors’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). Her arbitration experience includes appointments as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in numerous international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitral institutions.  She is on the London based CIArb Approved Faculty Listing (AFL) and has taught the CIArb pre-eminent Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and for three successive years at Oxford university. Caroline was the Course Director for the APAC Diploma in International Arbitration course held in Perth in July 2018 and in Singapore in May 2019.  She is also the Course Director for the CIArb Accelerated Route to Fellowship course and for the CIArb Award Writing course.

Caroline’s ruling as a sole arbitrator in a challenge to jurisdiction was upheld by the High Court of Singapore and led to new law on an arbitral tribunal’s discretion when a challenge to jurisdiction is made:  Malini Ventura v Knight Capital Pte Ltd and others [2015] SGHC 225.

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