Claire has experience in a wide range of public and regulatory work.  She works with a diverse range of clients including public and private sector bodies, charities, social enterprises and individuals.  She regularly advises on interpretation of and compliance with statutory obligations, the development of policies and procedures, decision making, appeals and challenges, including judicial review. Claire has particular interests in audit, education, health and social care (including safeguarding), procurement, public inquiries (including statutory inquiries under the Charities Act 2011), and professional discipline. Claire also has knowledge of data protection and freedom of information law. Claire is a qualified solicitor advocate and regularly appears in the First Tier Tribunal on a pro bono basis.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising a number of regulators on their statutory obligations and the development of policies
  • Successfully defended a statutory appeal brought against our client’s decision
  • Advising on CQC registration and regulation
  • Advising a social care provider in relation to bringing a challenge to a CQC inspection report and in relation to the exercise of the CQC’s powers to request documents
  • Acting for a social care provider in relation to an inquest
  • Advising clients on the commissioning and funding of services by local authorities and CCGs, in particular acting for providers to improve relationships with commissioners and to bring challenges to unlawful practice
  • Providing advice on the provision of care under the Care Act 2014 and on safeguarding
  • Advising a client in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Reviewing policies and procedures for charities and colleges
  • Advising schools and colleges in relation to potential discrimination claims
  • Advising a charitable trust on potential public law challenges to OFSTED
  • Advising a publicly funded charity on the procurement of a multi-million pound contract
  • Advising clients in relation to procurement challenges against the Government
  • Advising a professional membership organisation in relation to specific professional discipline cases and its disciplinary procedures

Qualifications and career

  • University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Law), 2007
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2008
  • Trained at Herbert Smith LLP
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2011
  • Associate solicitor in the administrative and public law team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, March 2011 – November 2014
  • Granted higher rights of audience (civil proceedings) in 2013
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in January 2015

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Acts and appears in the First-Tier Tribunal (Asylum Support) on behalf of appellants as a member of the Asylum Support Appeals Project Duty Scheme
  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the Young Public Lawyers Group.