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Clare joined Chambers in October 2019 upon completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Jude Bunting, Ben Cooper and Caroline Addy. She undertakes work in media and information law, inquests and actions against the police and public authorities.

Prior to the Bar, Clare spent four years working in public policy and human rights. She has variously worked at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, at University College London teaching public and administrative law, at a cross-party political office as a parliamentary legal officer, at The Carter Center as an election observer and at the European Union External Action Service’s Delegation to Myanmar as a political trainee.

What Clients Say

“I have had a number of dealings with Clare recently and I personally think she is fantastic. She is great with clients and very attentive to detail. I would not hesitate to instruct in the future”

“I was very impressed not only with the result but the manner in which she had prepared the case. He was a difficult client to deal with and it was an awkward trial.”

Media and Information Law

Clare undertakes work spanning all aspects of media and information law.

During pupillage, she gained drafting experience in defamation, privacy, data protection, reporting restrictions and harassment. She worked with her supervisors on the Media Lawyers Association intervention in Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring [2019] 3 WLR 429, on data protection submissions for the Undercover Policing Inquiry and on libel claims brought by Labour party activists.    

Recent work includes:

  • Providing regular pre-publication advice to three national newspapers. 

  • Advising on meaning and dual actionability in a libel claim concerning explicit social media messages.

  • Providing libel advice on a CrowdJustice fundraising pitch for a sensitive employment claim.

  • Representing Defendants in committal proceedings for breaching civil injunctions.

  • Advising on anonymity and reporting restriction issues in coronial proceedings.

Before joining the Bar Clare worked on free speech issues as a parliamentary legal officer, including the passage of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and an independent review into the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Clare exclusively represents families of the deceased in coronial proceedings and is regularly instructed in contentious Article 2 pre-inquest review hearings and inquests. She has a particular interest in inquests arising from deaths in custody and following contact with the police.

Recent inquest work includes:

  • Inquest into the death of DA: A eight day death in custody inquest. The inquest revealed systemic failures to carry out observations recorded by prison staff in the ACCT log, which was the subject of a PFD report. The jury narrative highlighted five further failures in the care of the deceased, including one that possibly contributed to death.

  • Inquest into the death of MH: Instructed in a seven day jury inquest. The deceased made a 999 call asking for emergency services, but there were no available patrols to send. He was later found suspended by his neck at home.

  • Inquest into the death of JF: An inquest into the death caused by opioid toxicity, which examined the management of the deceased’s transition from methadone to Fentanyl patches to manage pain relief.

  • Inquest into the death of KH: Represented the mother of a one month old baby who died from sudden infant death syndrome.  

Clare also advises on civil claims following inquests and on judicial review of coronial decisions.

Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities

Clare has a broad public law practice.  She has represented a wide variety of clients, including Claimants challenging local authority age assessments in the Upper Immigration Tribunal, Defendants facing committal proceedings for anti-social behaviour in the County Courts, and children pursuing Human Rights Act claims following flawed care proceedings.

Clare has particular experience in actions against the police. She has advised in claims concerning police assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and failures to investigate. Clare has an interest in criminal justice related data issues and is keen to accept related instructions.

Publications

Clare is an assistant editor of the European Human Rights Reports (here). She published a case analysis of R (Hallam) v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] UKSC 2 in the European Human Rights Law Review (here), has contributed to the UK Human Rights blog (here) and is the author of the most recent case law update for INQUEST Law magazine (Issue 40, Winter 2020) (here).