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Claire Anderson

Partner

LLB (Hons)

“I cannot recommend Claire highly enough. She has great judgment and superb client skills. She puts the client at the centre of every case and I know that everything will have been done, every angle considered when I work with Claire. First class”

Alisdair Williamson QC

“They are extremely competent in their legal and strategic advice, their files are very well prepared and they have some of the hardest-working and most dedicated solicitors that I have ever worked with”

Chambers & Partners

Claire was a senior Director in a leading Legal 500 firm before joining ABV.

She has over 30 years experience in Criminal Defence and has practiced exclusively in this area for her entire career.

Claire represents clients facing police investigations and prosecutions in a whole range of offences, including Murder, fraud, drugs importation and allegations of serious sexual offences, particularly specialising in those of a historic nature.  She also regularly advises students facing allegations of Sexual Misconduct as part of a university disciplinary process.

She is renowned for her excellent client care and communication skills and her dogged determination to achieve the very best outcome for each of her clients, whatever allegations they face.

She regularly persuades the police and prosecuting authorities to adopt alternative disposals to charging and often succeeds in persuading the police to drop investigations altogether. This is possible because she is proactive at the early stages of the investigation.

Claire is frequently recommended to clients by fellow professionals including accountants, barristers and other solicitors and she is regularly recommended by a number of charitable organisations supporting those accused, including The British False Memory Society.

Claire has a significant Irish client base and recently acted for one of the main defendants in the case of R v Nica and others – the Essex lorry death case, where 39 Vietnamese migrants died in the back of a trailer. She has wide experience in representing hauliers and HGV lorry drivers across the country.

She contributes to a number of publications and delivers talks to schools and charities regarding how to deal with criminal investigation/proceedings.

Her article concerning the unacceptable delay in criminal investigations and prosecutions was published by The Times newspaper.

This is what her clients say about Claire;

‘ I am a senior radiographer, accused of sexually touching a patient during a routine examination. The experience was extremely stressful, but Claire managed to persuade the Police to drop the investigation against me, without me even needing to attend an interview.  She was absolutely brilliant, and I am happy to recommend her with the greatest of confidence to anyone who needs her services’ – Mr SM.

‘I was wrongly accused by my former partner, of sexually assaulting our young daughter. My case went to Crown Court trial. Throughout the whole process Claire was fantastic. She gave me enormous support and worked incredibly hard to ensure I was acquitted of the charge I faced. I really do feel Claire saved my life’.  – Mr AM.

‘Claire is a wonderful lawyer who really cares about her clients. She supported me with very informative legal advice throughout my police investigation and Crown Court case. I was found Not Guilty of the serious charges I faced and I put this down to Claire’s very thorough preparation of my defence. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a great lawyer.   Mr DM