Claire is a family practitioner with over 12 years of experience at the Bar. Claire has a particular interest and specialism in Public Law Children matters. Claire is often instructed on multi day final hearings and fact-finding hearings across the range of court levels on behalf of local authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians in care and adoption proceedings including contested leave to oppose adoption cases. Claire has appeared in the Court of Appeal acting on behalf of the children and has conducted appeals from decisions at final hearings in the High Court.
Claire’s experience includes cases with parents with learning disabilities and where the OS/Communicourt is instructed, vulnerable clients, sexual abuse, factitious illness, non-accidental injury and abduction. She has also been instructed in cases involving alleged breaches of parents and children’s human rights and claims for damages. Claire has experience of Re W hearings and has been instructed in cases where a child has given evidence via video link. She has also appeared in private law children cases with an international element in the High Court and represents rule 16.4 guardians within complex private law children matters. Claire also accepts direct access instructions.
"She is very bright and reliable, and thorough in her advocacy. She is also responsive to those instructing her, and clear headed in her advice. Her notes are good and come quickly, and she does excellent position statements". Principal, Law Firm
"Her advocacy is very clear and she is respected by the courts." Senior Partner
"Claire provided good advice and swift and helpful feedback from the hearing. I find Claire very personable and receive positive feedback about her from clients" Principal, Law Firm