Caroline Willbourne

Year of Call: 1970

Areas of Expertise:

Practice Overview

Caroline has specialised in financial remedy work, which includes Schedule 1 Children Act claims, Inheritance Act disputes and cases for financial provision for unmarried parties.

Caroline’s work now mainly consists of mediation/ENE. A significant part of her work is Private FDRs which require the swift absorption of facts and the ability to indicate concisely to the parties what the likely outcome will be. About 90% of her PFDRs are resolved by agreement on or shortly after the day of the hearing.

  • ENE / Private FDR

    Having qualified as a mediator in 1993, Caroline is a seasoned and experienced practitioner both in the UK and abroad: mediating their disputes allows each party to focus on what is important to them and to craft their own agreement, which Caroline can facilitate.

    An important part of mediation is Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE), where Caroline draws on her judicial experience to advise parties of the likely outcome of their case. She prides herself on her ability to encourage parties to see the benefits of reaching agreement through mediation.

    Caroline also accepts instructions to conduct private FDRs, in the interest of the parties reaching settlement early in the process. This is a cost-effective process, emotionally less damaging for both parties.