Clare is a professional misconduct and criminal law solicitor and covers cases across the UK.
Based from Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office, Clare represents professionals – including teachers, social workers, nurses, midwives and physiotherapists – who are being investigated for serious misconduct by their respective regulatory bodies.
Often acting on behalf of clients from the initial referral, Clare follows an exhaustive approach to achieve successful outcomes during the interim order application and review hearing stages.
With an interest in cases involving complex medical evidence and having represented clients facing serious multi-handed cases, Clare has successfully secured numerous voluntary removal applications and no case to answer decisions for her clients.
In addition, Clare is a criminal law specialist with 16 years experience representing clients under police investigation, or facing Magistrates or Crown Court proceedings, for a wide array of offences. These include serious violence and sexual offences, fraud, manslaughter and misconduct in a public office.
Since beginning work at Thompsons in 2008, Clare has successfully defended a number of clients facing criminal charges stemming from their occupation and has also represented families and trade unions at inquests.
A strong advocate of putting clients in the middle of their case, Clare enjoys working at Thompsons because the firm provides excellent legal advice and representation to those who have no experience of the regulatory law or criminal justice systems.
Clare qualified as a solicitor in 2017, after becoming the first employee to be awarded a Thompsons Foundation Bursary to complete a training contract.
Outside of work, Clare enjoys going to the theatre, reading and yoga.
CLARE’S CASE EXPERIENCE
R v Jarratt (2016)
Clare represented a school secretary in North Wales who was accused of stealing money from the school. Clare uncovered evidence that contradicted the Criminal Prosecution Service’s (CPS) case and her client was acquitted.
R v Prince (2016)
Clare’s client was a paramedic accused of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty. Her client was acquitted after no evidence was offered by the CPS and is presently seeking legal advice on a claim for wrongful arrest.
R v Evans & Roberts (2016)
Clare represented a teaching assistant and teacher who were both accused of neglecting a number of pupils. After the CPS offered no evidence at an early stage, Clare submitted applications to have the charges dismissed and her clients were acquitted.
R v Swarbrick (2014)
Clare represented a prison officer who was accused of not safeguarding a prisoner who committed suicide. The defence counsel submitted an application while the trial was underway that there was no case to answer because the CPS could not prove their case and Clare’s client was acquitted.
Clare is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
Clare’s former client said: “Clare was on top of everything and made herself available to me at all times, which I believe was beyond her responsibility. She made me feel listened to and that I could turn to her for anything. A top class solicitor whose professionalism and dedication is of the highest level. Her endeavour and professionalism are first class and she is a credit to your organisation.”
Another of Clare’s former clients said: “Clare was informative, fair, friendly and helpful. Continue what you are doing, extremely helpful and put my worries at ease through every step.”