Year of Call: 1991
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn
‘Her work includes discipline cases involving alleged sexual misconduct and dishonesty’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2019)
‘She handles defence work for the NMC’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2018)
‘Instructed in challenging Nursing and Midwifery Council cases’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)
She is a criminal practitioner with vast experience of the complete calendar of criminal offences. She has a strong reputation for her attention to detail and thorough preparation as well as her ability to focus on the central issues in a case. She both defends and prosecutes regularly in cases of all levels of seriousness and complexity. She specialises in sexual offences and cases of fraud, serious violent offences and drug offences and is a level 4 prosecutor for the CPS and is on the CPS panel of approved advocates for rape cases.
Claire also has a significant professional discipline and regulatory law practice and is frequently instructed to represent registrants before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and at General Medical Council hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. She has particular experience of cases in which the professional is charged with sexual misconduct and dishonesty. Claire recently defended a doctor who was accused of using his mobile phone camera to view a male colleague under the partition between two toilet cubicles. Claire is also currently instructed to represent a nurse in a case which is listed for three months and centres around the Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, which was pursuing Foundation Trust status.
- R v. Khan & Others  – Kidnapping and assault.
- R v. C  – Defence counsel. Client acquitted of historic sexual offences against his sister.
- R v. Lawrence  – Prosecution counsel. 78 year old defendant who defrauded his partner of £160,000 to fund his affair with his mistress aged 27 years.
- R v. H & Others  – Junior counsel for the first defendant, an 18 year old charged with multiple counts of rape and gang rape of a young and vulnerable complainant over a two year period.
- R v. Okoh & Others  – Leading prosecution counsel, 6 defendants charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law.
- R v. Mayiger & Others  – Leading prosecution counsel in a conspiracy to defraud, involving tickets to Premiership football matches and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
- R v. Hayes  – A defendant charged with aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, robbery and GBH. Family held at gunpoint in their home while the father was tortured in an attempt to make him talk.R v. P  – A mother charged with assaulting her daughter who suffered from cerebral palsy. The girl was confined to a wheel chair and only had limited speech. An intermediary was used to assist with the girl’s evidence.
Significant Sexual Offences Cases
- R v. W  – Defendant charged with sexual assault on a seven year old girl.
- R v. McD  – Defendant charged with causing his wife to engage in sexual activity with himself and another man. The complainant was a former prostitute.
- R v. B  – A football coach charged with sexual assault on a 16 year old boy that he taught.
- R v. M  – Defendant charged with rape and sexual assault on two nieces over a ten year period.
- R v. P  – Defendant charged with historic allegations of anal rape and sexual assault of his nephew.
- R v. M  – Sexual assault on a 15 year boy with learning difficulties.
- R v. C – Defendant charged with historic sexual offences against four young children. Applications for third party disclosure were made to both the Crown Court and the County Court to secure all relevant papers generated within the care proceedings and for permission to use the documents disclosed within the criminal proceedings.
- R v. D – A foster parent charged with sexual offences against a boy in his care and with internet child pornography offences.
- R v. W (Court of Appeal) – Conviction for rape quashed on basis of inconsistent verdicts.
Significant Fraud and Immigration Crime Cases
- R v. Woghiren & Others – Four defendants charged with a large-scale conspiracy to defraud the Home Office, involving sham marriages and subsequent false applications for residence documents.
- R v. Ezerkus & Domkus – A large scale document factory producing false passports, ID cards, birth certificates and proofs of address.
- R v. Sudaharan & Others – A conspiracy to defraud NatWest bank.
- R v. P & Others – Defendant charged with a large scale VAT carousel fraud.
- R v. Jabba – Fraudulent applications made to the Home Office on the basis of being a descendant of a dead British father. False Jamaican birth certificates were submitted in support.
- MA (Oxon)
- Diploma in Law at Polytechnic of Central London
- Bar Finals at Inns of Court School of Law
- Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council Fitness to Practice Committee
- Member of the Management Board at Charter Chambers
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- CyberCrime Practitioners Association
Areas of Specialism
She has particular experience in cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse and rape as well as cases involving young or otherwise vulnerable witnesses for whom special measures are used (ABE interviews, section 28 cross-examination, screens and intermediaries). She regularly advises upon applications for third party disclosure and the instruction of experts.
She is a level 4 prosecutor for the CPS and is on the CPS panel of approved advocates for rape trials.
She has considerable experience in cases of fraud, particularly immigration fraud including identity document factories and the arrangement of sham marriages with consequential fraudulent applications to the Home Office. She also manages cases involving bank and VAT fraud.
She most recently prosecuted a multi-handed ‘ticket fraud’, involving tickets to Premiership football matches and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
She is frequently instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to represent nurses and midwives before the Nursing & Midwifery Council on interim and substantive hearings, order reviews and cases involving both misconduct and lack of competence.