Clare has a mixed civil and criminal practice which focuses on reparation, personal injury, FAIs and Public Inquiries, health and safety prosecutions and regulatory crime.
Clare is currently instructed in a large number of complex product liability and medical negligence cases; fatal cases including those arising from death in custody, and employer's liability. Clare has previously successfully pursued and defended personal injury actions involving public liability, occupiers liability, employer’s liability, road traffic accidents, industrial disease and fatal cases.
Clare has substantial experience of defence representation in regulatory and financial crime. As counsel for the first accused in the longest trial in UK legal history (20 months duration), involving charges of fraud and money laundering, she expertly managed thousands of productions and hundreds of witness statements.
Applying her extensive knowledge of civil and criminal law has proven to be particularly effective in Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries following a fatality.
Clare has represented appellants in civil actions involving Freedom of Information and applicants in Judicial Review. She has appeared before First Tier Tribunals and the Upper Tribunal. She is regularly instructed in criminal appeals against conviction and sentence.
Utilising the skills and expertise developed whilst a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Glasgow, Clare is regularly instructed in non-routine cases that require a broad and deep knowledge of legal principle. Such instructions have been fruitful in developing and extending the law, see McCaffer v Lord Advocate, PF Glasgow and Chief Constable, Police Scotland 2015 S.L.T. (Sh Ct) 44.
Clare is the editor of Green's Criminal Law Bulletin and Renton & Brown's Statutory Fraud and Business Regulation.