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About Claire Lathwell

Claire is a Solicitor in the Civil Liberties team with a keen interest in human rights, public law and environmental justice. She assists Jocelyn Cockburn with inquests and civil claims against the state relating to human rights and the environment.

Claire qualified as a Solicitor in December 2017 after having been awarded the DAS PLUS Scholarship by the Law Society. She is also a Law Society accredited Immigration & Asylum Senior Caseworker since December 2017.

Prior to joining HJA, Claire worked as a Solicitor at the Royal College of Nursing for four years. She has also previously worked at North Kensington Law Centre, Southwark Law Centre, Praxis and various other non-profit organisations. She is highly experienced in representing vulnerable clients to assist them to assert their rights and she also has extensive experience of working with healthcare professionals. Claire has successfully advocated for clients in the County Court and in the First and Upper Immigration Tribunals on complex matters including Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Memberships & Appointments

  • UK Environmental Law Association

Career & Education


  • Immigration Solicitor, Royal College of Nursing, December 2017 – October 2021
  • Volunteer Solicitor, Praxis, October 2019 – July 2020
  • Trainee Solicitor, North Kensington Law Centre, December 2015 – November 2017
  • Legal Triage Coordinator, North Kensington Law Centre, July 2014 – November 2015
  • Court Services Administrator, Anna Freud Centre, January 2014 – July 2014
  • Volunteer Caseworker and Administration Assistant, Southwark Law Centre, January 2014 – July 2014
  • Membership Officer, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, June 2012 – December 2014


Claire speaks English and Spanish.


  • Master´s in Professional Legal Practice (Distinction), BPP University, 2019
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), BPP University, 2015 – 2017
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP Law School, 2010 – 2011
  • Philosophy and Politics BA (1st Class Honours), University of East Anglia 2004 – 2007
Further Reading Claire Lathwell
Civil Liberties