Clare practises in three main areas: professional liability, insurance and commercial litigation. Clare believes in taking a tough but commercial approach to litigation and relishes advocacy in all its forms.
She is recommended as a Leading Junior in the legal directories for Professional Negligence and Insurance:
“She’s extremely intelligent, and gives her advice in a very understandable way” and “She is fantastic to work with and quickly grasps the detail in large cases” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“A no-nonsense terrier in court, who will tenaciously fight your corner” and “Calm and collected, hardworking, and a safe pair of hands” (Legal 500, 2016)
“An impressive junior with over a decade of experience in commercial litigation and professional negligence. She takes on work that involves a range of professionals including solicitors, surveyors and insurance brokers”. She is “A markedly insightful, meticulous and accomplished professional negligence advocate. She is approachable, driven and pragmatic - definitely someone to have on your team”. “She quickly grasps the important issues and provides advice which always considers the client’s commercial considerations”. (Chambers & Partners, 2016)
“She provides crystal clear written advice, and is down to earth, pragmatic and easy to work with”. (Legal 500 2015)
“Advises on the full range of professional negligence matters for claimants and defendants. She regularly acts on cases involving lenders and allegations of fraud. “Her speed of turnaround and the quality of her work are impressive”. “She is extremely charming and nice to work with, but also packs an intellectual punch". (Chambers and Partners, 2015)
“Seen by many as a ‘star of the future’, she acts for claimants and defendants on cases relating to a wide range of professions. She is singled out for her advocacy, judgement and all-round courtroom ability”. She “Quickly grasps the commercial angles of the dispute” “She’s very straightforward, very logical and very persuasive”. (Chambers and Partners 2014)
“Earlier editions of the legal directories have variously described Clare as being someone who “Stands out for her ability to hit deadlines, and always gets the job done”, is “a future ‘star in the making’”, “a very tenacious advocate” who is “determined” and “impressive”.
Clare has appeared in all levels of Court (including the Supreme Court) and in arbitration and disciplinary proceedings. She is frequently instructed in high value, complex litigation either with a leader or acting on her own. Clare’s professional liability work encompasses the full range of professions including lawyers, valuers, accountants and brokers. Her insurance work involves policy interpretation, coverage disputes and subrogated recovery actions. She has a particular interest in claims involving fraud.
Clare is an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability and is on the executive committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Clare read law at St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she was President of the Oxford Union.