Clare has advised on, and appeared in, disciplinary proceedings both at the Institute of Civil Engineers and in the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.
At the ICE, Clare acted for a civil engineer against who a complaint had been made by a party for whom he had done a Structural Engineering Report. After a contested hearing, all charges against the engineer were dismissed.
Clare was instructed to act for the solicitor in Case Ref. 10593-2010 (Lloyd George Richards) which involved allegations of breach of undertaking and, so far as the penalty was concerned, dealing with issues of mitigation and impecuniosity. She was also instructed to act for the solicitor in Case Ref. 1137-2015 (Devine), which involved allegations of using a client account as a banking facility, improper retention of client funds and acting where there was, or was a significant risk of, a conflict of interest. Prior to the hearing in Devine, the solicitor and the SRA agreed a statement of facts and a suggested outcome. The SDT took the opportunity at the hearing to provide guidance on the proper procedure to be adopted in those circumstances.