Year of Call: 2014
LLB (Hons) Law from Kent University
Areas of work:
Claire joined Chambers in October 2015 as a Pupil and upon successful completion of her pupillage became a Tenant in October 2016.
Claire regularly appears in both the Crown Court, Magistrate and Youth Court, Defending and Prosecuting.
Claire is a Grade 1 CPS Panel Advocate.
Claire also regularly defends, both youths and adults, in a variety of cases.
Additionally, Claire is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to represent them before the Fitness to Practise Committee in a range of hearings.
R v MN and others (Wood Green Crown Court).
Claire was instructed to act on behalf of a third-party, intervening in a Confiscation Hearing under section 10A Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Confiscation Hearing was in relation to a Defendant who had been convicted of conspiracy to supply high purity class A drugs, cocaine, at a value of £263,000. The third-party intervener alleged that he had full interest, both legal and equitable, over a realizable asset, namely property, which the Crown alleged belonged to the Defendant.
R v HG (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
Successfully defended an 18 year old girl charged with racially aggravated common assault and racially aggravated public disorder.
R v VO (Luton Crown Court)
Represented a 20 year old defendant who had pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article, a hunting knife, in a public place. This case was classed as a ‘second strike’ possession of a knife or offensive weapon offence under section 28 and Schedule 5 Criminal Justice and Courts Act 1988. Claire successfully argued there were particular circumstances which made it unjust for the court to impose the minimum 6 months imprisonment sentence. Sentenced to a Suspended Sentence Order.
R v LD (Aylesbury Crown Court)
Represented a defendant who had pleaded guilty to 7 counts of burglary, attempted burglary, possession of a class B drug and theft from a shop. Additionally, the defendant admitted to committing 9 further offences of burglary, to assist the police, which were taken into consideration during the sentence. This case was also classed as a ‘third strike’ domestic burglary case under sections 111(1) and (2) Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. Sentenced to 3 years custody.
R v KL (Woolwich Crown Court)
Prosecuted a youth who had been committed to the Crown Court for sentence in relation to 5 charges of robbery and 1 charge of attempted robbery. Youth sentencing guidelines and legislation such as section 91 Powers of Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000 had to be considered during the sentencing hearing. Additionally, the court had to consider whether the defendant was a dangerous offender under section 229 Criminal Justice Act 2003. Sentenced to 3.5 years detention under section 91 Powers of Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000. The Defendant was also found to be a dangerous offender.
R v JT (Northampton Crown Court)
Represented a defendant with mental health difficulties. The defendant had pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm contrary to section 20 Offences Against the Person Act 1861, and possession of a bladed article namely a knife. Expert reports were considered during the sentencing hearing regarding the relevant sentences available for the court due to the defendant’s mental health difficulties. Sentenced to a Hospital Order under section 37 Mental Health Act 1983.
NMC v P
Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council over a five-day hearing where a nurse was alleged to have: dishonestly failed to disclose to her employer that she had been dismissed from a previous employer; did not provide appropriate care to a resident; did not provide appropriate wound management to a second resident; left a medication trolley unlocked and unattended and did not complete a third resident’s care plan adequately. The Panel found the majority of the elements proved and the nurse received a suspension order.
NMC v B
Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council over a three-day hearing where a nurse was alleged to have: failed to remain, on one or more occasions, in attendance with a resident whilst that resident was on escorted community leave and upon returning to the ward failed to search the resident. The Panel found the charges proved and the nurse received a conditions of practice order.
NMC v T
Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council over a two-day hearing where a nurse admitted to administering the wrong medication, tore a page from the controlled drugs register dishonestly and checked out medication without the presence of a second nurse. The nurse received a conditions of practice order.
Youth Court and Magistrates’ Court
R v BA (Croydon)
Successful acquittal of a youth charged with robbery. It was alleged that the youth, with a friend, late one evening in public, threatened and assaulted a young male before taking the male’s iPhone and running away.
R v BP and NG (Hastings)
Successful acquittal of a youth charged with two charges of common assault in a two handed case. The case involved two sisters who were accused of assaulting two school girls. The older sister was a parent collecting her child from school. Claire represented the younger sister and made a successful submission of no case to answer in relation to one of the charges and her client was successfully acquitted of the second charge.
R v RA (Uxbridge)
Successfully defended a 19 year old care assistant charged with two charges of common assault against two elderly disabled residents of a care home.
Other Legal Interests
Claire volunteers with 9 King’s Bench Walk OIC Roadshow which offers bespoke lecturing services to police officers based on practical, procedural, evidential and disclosure aspects in relation to a number of offences.
Claire also volunteers to mentor and Judge schools participating in the Bar Mock Trial Competition.
Additionally, she participates in events and advocacy weekends arranged by Lincoln’s Inn for students.
Outside of work, Claire enjoys horse riding and yoga and is currently training to become a Strala Yoga Guide.
Criminal Bar Association
Claire is regulated by the Bar Standard Board
Claire is covered by BMIF insurance.
Claire is also on the public register of data controllers, which is available online at ico.org.uk/register.