Claire is an experienced regulatory criminal defence lawyer who advises businesses and individuals on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Her clients operate in a number of sectors including retail, food, manufacturing, construction, sport, healthcare and transport.
She qualified in 2009 and spent the first two years of her career working in a busy criminal practice, carrying out her own advocacy and undertaking prosecutions. Claire is known for her attention to detail, her approachable manner and uses her experience to offer clients well balanced and pragmatic advice.
Claire advises clients at all stages of regulatory investigations from crisis management, initial interactions with regulators, investigations, interviews under caution, enforcement notices and appeals through to representation at criminal proceedings and inquests.
She has worked with clients on investigations, inquests, public inquiries and prosecutions in areas including health and safety, food safety, fire safety, inquests, product safety and age restricted sales as well as bribery and money laundering. Claire’s most high profile work has included the investigations into Hillsborough tragedy, the Buncefield explosion and the Grenfell Tower fire. Claire has also carried out internal investigations for clients in relation to a range of issues including health and safety incidents, allegations of fraud, breaches of consumer protection legislation and product pricing.
Claire also advises clients on compliance issues such as packaging and labelling, advertising and promotional materials, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering and consumer protection matters.
Claire’s recent work includes:
- taking a leading role in the work of the team representing a corporate core participant in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry;
- advising a leading pest control services provider in relation to a fall from height of a sub-contractor;
- representing a multi-national retailer in relation to a range of regulatory investigations and prosecutions; and
- advising a national food business on various issues concerning the labelling and marketing of materials for food products as well as a range of other regulatory issues.