Claire has over 20 years’ experience in practicing Criminal Law and was a senior Director in a leading Legal 500 firm before joining ABV.
She has represented clients facing prosecutions ranging from minor assaults through to tax evasion, fraud, murder, drugs importation and serious sexual offences, specialising in those of a historic nature.
Claire is regularly recommended to clients by other professionals including barristers, accountants, and other solicitors because of her reputation for thoroughness, empathy and her determination to achieve the very best outcome for all of those she represents.
The Investigation stage of a police inquiry can be very lengthy and extremely stressful for the suspect in question. Claire is very proactive in engaging with the investigating authority and has on many occasions, successfully persuaded the police and/or the CPS not to bring charges against her client by the submission of robust representations challenging the police’s ‘evidence’.
Her client care is first rate and as a trained Mediator, her negotiation and communication skills are well known within the industry.
Claire has written articles published in the British False Memory Society newsletter and has represented many clients recommended by the BFMS.
R v S Southwark Crown Court
Claire’s client was the subject of a Private Prosecution by an individual which led to his committal for trial at the Crown Court. Mr S was an academic of good character ineligible for Public Funding and facing incredibly stressful litigation. The CPS were persuaded to use their statutory powers to intervene in the prosecution and undergo a full review of the prosecution case. This resulted in them taking over conduct of the case and immediately offering no evidence against Mr S. In addition, Counsel instructed successfully argued for an order for this client’s full (substantial) costs to be paid.
R v B Central Criminal Court
Offence- Conspiracy to defraud. The client was one of 6 defendants charged with a high value bank fraud. All of the defendants were employees of the bank at the time of the fraud. Claire’s client was one of only 2 clients acquitted. The defendant was a man of previous good character and was able to return to the banking sector to pursue his career.
Serious & General Crime
R v F Manchester Crown Court
The defendant was part of a huge operation resulting in the prosecution of 20 defendants in a drug smuggling conspiracy. In the case against the client, the Crown relied on ANPR evidence, cell site and observation evidence. The defence instructed experts to examine the Crown’s reports and challenges were raised at trial. In addition, a series of impeccable character witnesses gave evidence about the client and the jury were persuaded to acquit him. The co- defendants received sentences of between 9 and 15 years.
R v N Woolwich crown Court
The defendant was one of 4 defendants charged with serious sex offences. In cases such as these, probing for full disclosure from the Crown is critically important and can often change the course of the evidence. Documents unearthed in this case undermined the complainant’s credibility as far as the client was concerned and he was the only one of the 4 defendants to be acquitted.