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Claire specialises in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, data protection and harassment. She is recognised as a leading defamation and privacy barrister in The Legal 500.

Claire has represented clients in the County Court, the High Court, and the Supreme Court. Recent clients have included a London Borough Council, an NHS organisation, prominent social media commentators and a counter-extremism think-tank. In addition, she has significant experience of providing pre-publication advice to publishing houses and a range of national media organisations. She has advised The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the BBC.

In 2018, Claire was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to participate in the Paris Bar Exchange. She spent one month attending a variety of court and arbitration hearings, and sat with the media and information team at leading French law firm, Herald.

Before commencing pupillage, Claire was editor and communications manager of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and continues to write for it on the topics of freedom of expression and privacy. In 2014, she co-edited the Hub’s inaugural published anthology, “Global Perspectives on Human Rights” and its annual report.

Defamation
  • Stocker v Stocker [2019] UKSC 17 – Junior counsel for the claimant/respondent in an appeal to the Supreme Court in a defamation claim arising from allegations published by the defendant/appellant on Facebook.

  • K&K Hire Limited and anr v Radio Taxis (Southampton) Limited (2018) – Counsel for the defendant in a successful application for strike out and summary judgment in respect of both claimants’ claims in defamation.

  • Churchil Ltd v The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (2018) – Counsel for Ofqual in a claim originally brought in defamation, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, and unlawful interference in business.

  • Osborn v Phillips (2017) – Counsel for the defendant in a libel, data protection and harassment claim.

  • Obileye v Williams and anr (2017) – Counsel for the defendants in an application to strike out a defamation claim.

  • Wallwork and others v McDowall and another (2016) – Counsel for the defendants in a successful application to strike out a defamation action for Jameel abuse of process and failure to surmount the serious harm threshold in section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. 

Data Protection / Privacy
  • Churchil Ltd v The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (2018) – see above.

  • King v Kogan Page Limited (2017) – Counsel for the defendant, successfully striking out a claim brought in the County Court under the Data Protection Act 1998. 

Open Justice / Reporting Restrictions
  • Re. PACE application (2019) – Counsel for the respondent media company in an application under s.9(1) and Schedule 1 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for audio-visual footage.

  • A v B (2019) – Counsel for the third party at a hearing in the Commercial Court, successfully obtaining restrictions on the publication of private information.

  • R v Lewis (2018) – Counsel for two national media organisations, successfully opposing an application for a reporting direction under s.46 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.