Carmel was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1993 and a solicitor and solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Civil) in London in 2000/2001. She was a senior associate at Norton Rose and in 2005 was appointed to the partnership of international firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration within the Insurance, Reinsurance, and Accountancy sectors.
Carmel has acted in a number of large scale high profile actions including the SCB fraudulent reinsurance spiral litigation, fraud claims within the captive insurer of a publicly listed telecom company, the dispute over reinsurance cover provided to a Big Six accountancy practice following its collapse and the defence of a US billion dollar claim in negligence against a Big Four accountancy practice.
Carmel is a former contributing author to Informa’s Reinsurance Practice and the Law, and a former secretary and editor of the Negligence and Damages committee of the International Bar Association. Carmel holds both a New Zealand and English practising certificate.
Carmel has returned to New Zealand with her family and now assists Kate Davenport QC