“through you they will become hopeful and determined, they will know that they are right to make a stand and that it will be worth it in the end” (Clare’s former client, December 2021). Clare is a civil liberties solicitor, specialising in human rights, inquest and public law.
Clare has almost a decade of experience representing some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of society. She is committed to holding the state to account on behalf of her clients, be it for human rights breaches, or deliberate state abuse of power. She regularly challenges the police and prisons, and represents deceased victims and their families at inquests, where death has occurred in state custody.
Recent case examples:
Clare represented a client who was partially blinded by a senior police officer. He was elbowed to his eye whilst subjected to full body restraint. The said police officer lied in his account as to his whereabouts during the incident, in an attempt to cover up for his wrongdoing. Clare negotiated a 6-figure damages settlement and an apology for her client.
Whilst intoxicated and in a highly vulnerable state, Clare’s client was punched 10 times to his face, by a police officer. This led to a finding of ‘gross misconduct’, and a 5-figure damages settlement.
Clare has acted for numerous clients in their race discrimination claims, obtaining successful outcomes including damages, apologies and upheld findings in complaint matters. Examples of recent successful cases:
- a police officer noted as the ground for his reasonable suspicion for possession of drugs, his view that a black man and a white man travelling in an expensive car together, did not ‘match’;
- police officers relying upon intelligence specifying ‘3 black males on pushbikes, stealing mobile phones’, stopped and tasered (without warning) a young black male walking home from college, with 2 non-black friends.
Clare has represented numerous families in inquest matters, arising from deaths in custody, and regularly negotiates damages settlements for family members of the deceased, in the resulting civil claims.
Clare has acted in numerous claims arising out of NHS or other clinical / care settings, often initially taken on as inquests. For example:
- the family of a man with Asperger’s who took his own life in a private care home. At the inquest, systemic as well as individual failings on the part of the state, were uncovered. In the resulting civil claim, Clare negotiated a 5-figure settlement for the deceased’s family members, arising from the various human rights reaches;
- a man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and detained in a secure psychiatric hospital, who was sexually assaulted by a nurse over a number of weeks. Clare negotiated a 5-figure damages settlement;
- victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated by an NHS paediatric doctor;
- the family of a child who took his own life within an hour of leaving a CAMHS meeting. The night before, he had made a serious attempt at ending his life, and hours before the meeting, CAMHS had been made aware and assessed him as being at high risk of suicide. The Coroner made serious findings against the Trust and prepared a ‘Report to Prevent Future Deaths’.
Clare has acted for multiple survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse, in their challenges to the police and/or CPS, for failure to investigate and prosecute the perpetrator. She has successfully brought challenges resulting in police reviews of such matters, and negotiated damages settlements as well as securing apologies.
She also has experience in breach of privacy, Data Protection Act, misuse of private information and defamation claims. For example, she recently settled a claim for an elderly court worker, whose photograph was published in a newspaper together with a caption erroneously stating he was a convicted paedophile.
Clare is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group and the Inquest Lawyers Group. She is a panel solicitor for the Centre for Women’s Justice.