I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2009 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in the Civil Liberties department in September 2011. I became an associate in October 2015. I specialise in civil claims against the State involving breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights and representing bereaved families at Inquests following deaths in detention.
- BBP, Legal Practice Course, passed with distinction, 2008 – 2009
- New Hall, Cambridge University, Mphil Criminology, 2007 – 2008
- St John’s, Oxford University, BA (Hons) Law, 2004 – 2007
- Senior Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen, May 2016 – present
- Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen, October 2015 – May 2016
- Solicitor, Hodges Jones & Allen, September 2011 – October 2015
- Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, September 2009 – 2011
- Prison Law paralegal, Julian Young & Co Solicitors, 2008 – 2009
- “Helpful, friendly fast work from Clair. Very clear and supportive all the way along.’
- “… would be my first choice again, if need be.”
- “Very professional, and helpful.”
- “It was excellent service from start to finish.”
- Clair “has worked relentlessly to help me obtain legal aid over the past year. Her patience and constant effort to help me has meant that I can now have representation in court for my son’s inquest and hopefully will find justice and peace of mind.”
- “I had every confidence in you. When we were in Court you explained any points of law that came up and answered any questions I had. I do not know what I would have done if I did not have you there.”
Notable Cases – Inquests and associated civil claims
Private Jason Smith (deceased)
Tony Doherty (deceased)
- I assisted Tony’s family during the inquest into his death at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in December 2010. The jury found that Tony took his own life, and his death was contributed to by systemic deficiencies. The Jury felt these deficiencies reflected potential weaknesses in the training and management of staff.
Derek Richards (deceased)
- I am currently instructed by a number of bereaved families following self-inflicted deaths in HMP Winchester. Between July and October 2015 there were 5 deaths at HMP Winchester, and a former member of staff has raised concerns about ‘appalling’ management and declining pastoral support.
Notable Cases – Police Actions
Notable Cases – Personal Injury
- I have represented a number of clients in personal injury claims and have obtained compensations for clients in road traffic accidents, who have been injured at work and those who have had pavement trips.
Membership & Appointments
- Member of INQUEST Lawyers Group Steering Group (ILGSG)
- INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG)
- Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)
- I oversee Hodge Jones & Allen’s Action Against the Police clinics at Medway and Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureaus
- Responsible for the trainee solicitor mentor/mentee scheme at Hodge Jones & Allen