Accredited Specialist, Commercial Litigation
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Team Leader Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Caroline Hutchinson leads a dynamic group of commercial litigators who deal with a wide variety of issues ranging from contractual disputes to intellectual property proceedings, misleading and deceptive conduct through to insolvency matters.
With extensive experience in construction law, Caroline brings a pragmatic perspective in advising clients whose large-scale commercial projects involve complex contractual disputes and litigation. Working with national clients in the construction sector – including Australian subsidiaries of multinationals - Caroline draws on a comprehensive understanding of the differing legislative requirements across the various Australian states.
Caroline’s demonstrated expertise in the role of negotiator between multiple parties in often high-risk environments is further enhanced by her ability to assist clients to interpret legislation and advise of any inherent risks in dealing with suppliers and users.
She is well-placed to assist in mitigating the risks involving the effects of litigation on a company’s corporate profile – her considerable professional experience is underpinned by a practical approach to achieve success on their behalf.
With her keen grasp of commercial realities, Caroline has also developed high level skills and expertise in alternative dispute resolution processes, pursuing the resolution of disputes in the environments of both threatened and ongoing litigation.
Caroline is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and possesses a sound understanding of the financial and governance issues affecting companies. In 2017, she joined the Board of Western Sydney University's The College, as a non-executive director (Independent).
Strongly committed to the community, Caroline is the Ambassador for Coleman Greig’s Women in Business Forum, working in partnership with sponsors and the not-for-profit organisations which are supported at the events.
In addition, Caroline has sat on the NSW Law Society Litigation Law and Practice Committee since 2014 and contributed, alongside Warrick McLean, to the Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession.
Caroline was a 2016 Finalist in two areas of law for the inaugural Lawyer's Weekly Partner of the Year Awards: Dispute Resolution and Litigation, and Commercial Law. In 2017, Caroline was a Finalist in the Lawyer's Weekly Women in Law Awards, Partner of the Year.