Cassandra graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2007. She was awarded an Exhibition Award by Inner Temple and obtained a Very Competent on the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School in 2009. She became a tenant of Ropewalk Chambers after successful completion of pupillage in 2010.
Before coming to the Bar, Cassandra spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language at a middle school in Nanjing, China. She also spent a year working with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and volunteered as a Youth Advocate for Paralympic Sport.
Cassandra has a successful civil law practice. She regularly appears in the county court acting for both Claimants and Defendants in Fast and Multi Track trials, disposal hearings, detailed assessments, interim applications and costs and case management hearings. She also has experience of tribunal hearings and appeals in the High Court.
Cassandra accepts instructions in all areas of civil law but has a special expertise in personal injury and counter fraud work.
Cassandra is a down-to-earth, fearless and tenacious advocate. She represents her clients with relentless determination. She prides herself on being approachable and attentive to her client’s needs, whilst also recognising the importance of being realistic and appropriately managing her client’s expectations.
Cassandra is willing to accept instructions on a conditional fee, pro bono and direct access basis where appropriate.
Away from the Bar, Cassandra’s interests include travel, film and fitness.
Cassandra has considerable experience of personal injury litigation. She represents both Claimants and Defendants and advises clients on paper and in conference on a wide range of personal injury-related matters.
She is interested in all aspects of personal injury work and has extensive experience of cases involving road traffic accidents, highways claims, employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability.
She also has experience of cases involving accidents abroad and occupational stress.
Cassandra regularly provides personal injury talks and presentations.
Cassandra has extensive experience of cases concerning motor claims including cases where issues arise as to whether the Defendant insurer is a Road Traffic Act insurer or, an Article 75 insurer and, cases involving unnamed and untraced drivers.
Cassandra has extensive experience in credit hire litigation and is very familiar with all aspects of this areas.
Cassandra has considerable experience of representing Defendants in all areas of counter fraud work. She is particularly adept at testing the evidence of Claimants in cases where there are allegations involving phantom passengers, staged and induced accidents, low velocity impacts and exaggerated claims.
Cassandra has developed a busy housing law practice. She is regularly instructed to advise on paper and in conference and to settle pleadings. Her strong interpersonal skills are a significant asset when dealing, in particular, with tenants in housing matters.
She has experience of representing landlords and tenants in possession proceedings, including interim and final injunction hearings. She has also been instructed on behalf of Claimants in housing disrepair claims.
Cassandra has a special interest in all areas of commercial litigation. She has experience of acting for both Claimants and Defendants, advising on paper and settling pleadings. She has experience of consumer credit, sales of goods, breach of contract, conversion and insolvency matters.
Cassandra has extensive experience in costs matters. She is regularly instructed in provisional and detailed assessment hearings and deals with a range of costs issues including Part 36 offers and enforceability of conditional fee agreements.
She has considerable experience of costs management hearings and costs budgeting generally. Her experience includes a costs appeal, which provided some much needed clarity of the word “budget” in Civil Procedure Rule 3.14.
Cassandra maintains an interest in employment law. She has experience of acting for both Claimants and Defendants, advising on paper and in conference. Her strong interpersonal and advocacy skills are a significant asset when dealing with both Claimants and Defendants in employment matters.
She has represented Claimants and Defendants in claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination and wishes to continue her employment practice in all areas.
Cassandra is steadily developing her disease practice. She has experience of acting for both Claimants and Defendants in cases involving noise-induced hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
She has represented both Claimants and Defendants in limitation trials and regularly advises on limitation issues and is keen to continue developing her disease practice.
Cassandra has experience of inquests. Her empathetic and understanding manner is a significant asset, particularly when acting for family members at inquests.
Cassandra has experience of advising in clinical negligence cases and is keen to continue developing this area of practice.
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