Caroline Hartley

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Expertise

Children Public Law

Caroline specialises in representing parents, especially if they are vulnerable due to mental health problems, addictions or learning difficulties. She is also very experienced in representing children and local authorities. She has been instructed in many cases involving non-accidental injury (including the most serious cases in which a child has died, or has suffered permanent and significant injury). Caroline is also experienced in factitious or induced illness cases, salt poisoning and sexual abuse as well as neglect, physical and emotional abuse.

Children Private Law

Caroline specialises in representing parents, especially if they are vulnerable due to mental health problems, addictions or learning difficulties. 

Child Abduction

Caroline has expertise in cases involving child abduction. 

Reported Cases:

B v B (Abduction: Child with Autism) [2011] EWHC 2300 Fam

Inheritance, Wills and Probate

Caroline is experienced in dealing with claims brought under the Inheritance Act and Court of Protection.

Regulatory and Disciplinary

Caroline has significant experience in medical disciplinary cases. Since 2011, she has been a legal assessor for the GMC and since 2013 a legal assessor for the NMC.

Caroline has extensive experience working with local authorities. Prior to joining the Bar, Caroline worked as a solicitor in private practice and for Hampshire County Council. As a barrister, she is an expert in care proceedings and very experienced in representing local authorities.

She has been instructed in many cases involving non-accidental injury (including the most serious cases in which a child has died or has suffered permanent and significant injury.

Caroline is also a deputy district judge on the Western Circuit and is a member of Pump Court Chambers Independent Inquiries team.

Court of Protection

Caroline appears regularly in the Court of Protection in London and on Circuit, instructed by individuals in cases involving the court making difficult decisions about where a relative, who has lost decision-making capacity, should live, with whom they should have contact, or how that relative’s often significant finances should be managed. Cases inevitably involve the official solicitor and frequently, local authorities.

Overview

Year of call: 2002
Appointments:
  • Legal Assessor for the General Medical Council
  • Legal Assessor for The Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Deputy District Judge 2013
Areas of specialism:
  • Child Abduction
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Court of Protection
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
Additional languages:
  • French
Qualifications:
  • Caroline studied the clarinet and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London and enjoyed a varied career in the arts both performing and teaching, ultimately being involved in the organisation of festivals and concert series.
Professional associations:
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Western Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
Professional activities:
  • Caroline was on the board of governors at her local primary school for 10 years including 3 years as chair and two as deputy, with a special interest in admissions and special needs.
  • Caroline lectures widely both in-house for Pump Court Chambers and externally on all matters relating to children as well as on mental capacity issues and vulnerable adults.
Outside Interests:
  • Caroline enjoys playing golf and squash. She also takes pleasure in walking, travelling and holidays.
Notable Cases:
  • B v B (Abduction: Child with Autism) [2011] EWHC 2300 Fam
Publications:
  • Contributor to Gill Steele’s web publication, www.lawskills.co.uk