Caroline is regarded as one of the leading legal experts in Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the UK. Having prosecuted the first case of modern slavery in the UK ( R-v- SK) Caroline was subsequently involved in advising the all parliamentary group on a proposed bill, gave evidence before the parliamentary committee and was subsequently involved in the drafting of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She was sole author of the 216 Haughey Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act and joint expert legal advisor the Independent Modern Slavery Act Review 2019.
She has prosecuted a number of firsts under the Act – first child sex exploitation, first child labour exploitation, first victimless prosecution and first interim Slavery Trafficking Restriction Orders amongst others. She has vast experience in prosecuting such cases particularly OCG and JIT based and successfully prosecuted Operation Fort the largest labour exploitation and trafficking case in Europe.
Her knowledge of this sector has led to frequent instruction by commercial entities caught by MSA 2015 section 54 (TISC) where compliance or risk exposure are in issue. She is regularly invited to undertake specific or wholesale reviews of supply chains or company procedures.
Caroline both lectures and advises on the law and policing in this area domestically and internationally to governments, academics, practitioners and law enforcement and has assisted a number of jurisdictions on the drafting, implementation and application of Modern Slavery Act.