Professional misconduct and criminal law solicitor Clare is based out of Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office.
Handling cases across the UK, Clare provides representation for professionals – including midwives, nurses, social workers, teachers and physiotherapists – under investigation for serious misconduct by their regulatory bodies.
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.
Having represented clients in serious, multi-handed cases, and with a particular interest in cases that involve complex medical evidence, Clare has secured numerous no case to answer decisions and successful voluntary removal applications.
Clare also specialises in all aspects of criminal law and has 16 years experience representing clients facing police investigation and Magistrates Court and Crown Court proceedings for a wide range of offences. These include serious sexual offences, serious violent offences, manslaughter, fraud and misconduct in a public office.
Since starting work at Thompsons in 2008, Clare has represented a range of clients facing criminal offences arising out of their employment – securing numerous acquittals and successful outcomes in the process – in addition to representing families at inquests.
Clare is a strong believer in the importance of placing clients at the centre of their case.
The most rewarding aspect of working at Thompsons, for Clare, 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 systems.
Clare was the first employee to be awarded a bursary from the Thompsons Foundation Bursary to undertake a training contract and qualified as a solicitor in 2017.
When 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 neglecting 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. The 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. Clare’s client was acquitted.
Clare is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
Clare’s former client said: “Clare was informative, fair, friendly and helpful. Continue what you are doing, you were extremely helpful and put my worries at ease through every step.”
Another of Clare’s former clients said: “Clare was on top of everything and made herself available to me at all times, which I believe was beyond her responsibility. She made me feel listened to and that I could turn to her for anything. A top class solicitor whose professionalism and dedication is of the highest level. Her endeavour and professionalism are first class and she is a credit to your organisation.”