Clare read Law at Birmingham University, graduating with a 2.1 and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1989, having been awarded the John Phillips Scholarship from the Inn. She practises in all areas of family law with a specialist interest where family and employment law matters overlap and she sits as a fee paid judge in the Employment Tribunal. She is widely known on Circuit as a "safe pair of hands”.


Public law proceedings – care proceedings particularly involving child death cases through brain injury, drowning, shaking injuries, other "non-accidental” physical injury, burns and neglect. Sexual harm and grooming cases and emotional harm. Discharge applications, and contact to children in care applications.

Clare is instructed by Local Authorities, parents and Guardians, the Official solicitor and Cafcass Legal and can view a case from all angles to give advice on tactical approach as well as substantive law.

Cases involving child witnesses, Special Guardianship applications and disputes within the family post placement.

Foster parent regulatory disputes including the "employment” and financial aspects of the same.

Complex adoption applications including with a foreign aspect.

Secure Accommodation Orders and Surrogacy disputes.

Professional negligence claims arising from family law matters.


Ancillary relief especially in cases which overlap with the employment field, and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 applications.

Recent cases include asset portfolio over £4million in properties, company and pension after medium length marriage with children, conduct issues and fair division.

Short marriage no children capital being sought by wife claiming concluded agreement.


Cases involving capacity assessments, family disputes regarding the welfare, property and financial affairs and care of vulnerable adults.

Recent cases include warring siblings disputing the correct care for their mother.

Local Authority review of Care Home Manager’s care of vulnerable patients.


Clare accepts instructions on this basis in Financial matters on divorce and in the Child Support Appeals Tribunal, and the Single Family Court – private law disputes regarding child arrangements.

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