Claire Hewitt

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Claire heads up our Acton office and can be seen in magistrates’ courts and police stations across West London. Claire has been a qualified solicitor for over 12 years and has been involved in the criminal justice system for longer still. Her legal expertise, invaluable client care and superb managerial qualities have been built up through a long career of managing criminal departments and running substantial case loads from start to finish. She is a duty solicitor and an accredited police station representative.

Claire studied at the University of Northumbria obtaining a 2:1 degree in Criminology and Sociology, and worked as a paralegal in the mental health department of a medium-sized law firm for 2 years. Claire then decided to undertake a Law Conversion Course at Oxford Brookes University and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at Manchester University in order to become a solicitor.

Prior to joining ABV, Claire was a Partner at Aston Clark Solicitors where she worked for 11 years, having joined as a trainee solicitor. Her frequent trips to the police station and magistrates’ courts meant she developed an expertise in assisting those accused of drug importation, sexual offences and clients who have mental health conditions. In May 2014, ABV Solicitors incorporated the criminal department of Aston Clark Solicitors and, along with this acquisition, came the valuable expertise that a supervisor of Claire’s calibre had to offer.

The highlights of Claire’s career thus far would be the following cases:

  • R v N – Client accused of death by dangerous driving having been given a defective minibus to drive. Successful acquittal.
  • R v N – Client and nine other co-defendants accused of conspiracy to murder at the Old Bailey. Successful acquittal.
  • R v B – Client accused of an attempted murder in Ealing Broadway. Successful acquittal.


Claire is committed to protecting vulnerable clients and, in particular, those who find themselves in the youth court. When asked what she was most passionate about, Claire answered, ‘I like assisting the most vulnerable members of our society since they are the ones most in need of legal advice. This is why I enjoy working with ABV; the firm ensures that vulnerable persons have their rights advanced with vigour and without fear.’

Associated Cases
SEXUAL OFFENCES

R v J – Isleworth Crown Court 2015
The defendant was charged with two counts of rape against a female. It was alleged that he broke into a female’s house and raped her in her bedroom. Case discontinued after significant pressure put on the Prosecution due to lack of evidence.

R v W – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015/2016
An historic rape case dating back to 2003. Defendant faces 3 counts of rape, 5 counts of indecent assault and 1 count of sexual activity with a child. The victim is now an adult and this case involves numerous medical experts. Case is ongoing.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015/2016
This involves an allegation of rape of a male by another male in a hostel. The defendant wholly denies the allegations which involves forensic evidence and involved a complex issue regarding the defendant’s age at the time of the alleged offence. Case ongoing

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015/2016
The defendant is charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure on an aircraft against a female victim. The case involves exploration of the defendant’s mental health condition and may involve possible issues concerning the defendant’s fitness to plead.

R v Q – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015/2016
This case is brought by a young victim who alleges she was sexually assault by a taxi driver. The case is wholly contested by the defendant who is a man of good character. The case is ongoing and listed for trial in 2016.

R v M – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015/2016
A defendant of previous good character faced proceedings for possession of several thousand indecent images of children, including a large number of the highest category images. The defendant received a suspended sentence.

SERIOUS ASSAULT/WOUNDING

R v F – Guildford Crown Court – 2015
This case involved allegations of attempted murder, and serious assault against the defendant’s partner, in that it was alleged as part of the prosecution case that the defendant tried to drown the victim in the bath. Defendant was acquitted as a result of the victim refusing to give evidence at trial.

R v B – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015
The charges were Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm. The case involved the defendant allegedly stabbing a visitor to his home after an argument over drugs. Defendant was found not guilty.

R v N – Central Criminal Court – 2015/2016
The defendant suffers from various mental health conditions and faces several charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm against several police officers. Issues in the case include fitness to plead, and possible trial of issue. Defendant is detained under the Mental Health Act. Case is ongoing.

ROBBERY

R v C – Isleworth Crown Court – 2015
This case involved an allegation of robbery. The defendant was charged with 2 others, and it was alleged that together they targeted a young wealthy victim at a nightclub, followed him back to his home address and robbed him of a Rolex watch and assaulted him. Case was discontinued after our application to dismiss all charges was successful.

 

Team – Magistrate’s Court Team & Crown Court Team
Office – Acton
Email - claire.hewitt@abvsolicitors.co.uk