Based in the Thompsons Manchester Office, Clare is a solicitor specialising in Professional Misconduct and Criminal Law. Although she is based in Manchester, she represents clients all over the UK. She is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
Clare specialises in professional discipline, representing teachers and healthcare professionals who are the subject of investigations conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Teaching Regulation Agency.
Clare is often instructed to act from the initial referral stage and, from the outset, adopts a thorough approach to achieve successful outcomes at interim order application and review hearings. Her preparation has resulted in numerous no case to answer decisions and successful voluntary removal applications.
She has extensive experience defending midwives, nurses, social workers, teachers and physiotherapists who face allegations of serious misconduct that proceed to hearings. Clare’s strength is in detailed and thorough case preparation, which is reflected in the achievement of excellent results at substantive hearings.
Clare has a particular interest in cases that involve complex medical evidence and has represented clients in serious, multi-handed cases.
Clare is passionate about her work in this area. She is a strong believer in the importance of placing her clients at the centre of their case.
Clare specialises in all aspects of criminal law and has 16 years’ experience representing clients facing police investigation, Magistrates Court and Crown Court proceedings for a wide range of offences, including serious sexual offences, serious violent offences, manslaughter, fraud and misconduct in a public office.
Since she began working for Thompsons in 2008, her practice has focussed on representing clients facing criminal offences arising out of their employment and her work has led to numerous acquittals and successful outcomes for her clients.
Clare also has experience representing families and Trade Unions at inquests.
For Clare, the most rewarding aspect of working at Thompsons’ is having the opportunity to provide efficient and good quality legal advice to clients who have no previous experience of the criminal justice or regulatory law processes.
Clare was the first employee to be awarded a bursary from the Thompsons Foundation Bursary to undertake her training contact. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2017.
When she is not working, Clare enjoys reading, yoga and the theatre.
Clare's Case Experience
R v Jarratt (2016)
A school secretary in North Wales was accused of stealing money from the school. After Clare uncovered evidence that undermined the Criminal Prosecution Service’s (CPS) case, her client was acquitted.
R v Prince (2016)
Clare represented a paramedic who was accused of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty. Clare’s client was acquitted after the CPS offered no evidence and is currently seeking advice in respect of a claim for wrongful arrest.
R v Evans & Roberts (2016)
A teacher and teaching assistant were accused of the neglect of a number of pupils. The CPS offered no evidence at an early stage in the case and after Clare lodged applications to dismiss the charges, her clients were acquitted.
R v Swarbrick (2014)
A prison officer was accused of not safeguarding a prisoner who later committed suicide. Defence Counsel made a successful application part way through the trial that there was no case to answer on the basis that the CPS could not prove their case. Her client was acquitted.
Clare was “informative, fair, friendly and helpful. Continue what you are doing, extremely helpful and put my worries at ease through every step.”