Claire practices in a wide range of public and civil law, with a particular emphasis on environmental law, construction and engineering, and private international law.

Cross-border litigation forms a significant part of Claire’s practice. As such, she has developed expertise in the conflicts of laws, and advises on private international issues which typically arise in this type of litigation. Claire has also been instructed as an independent expert in domestic proceedings to advise on discrete private international law issues.

Before joining the bar, Claire worked for three years at Leigh Day and Co solicitors where she was closely involved in the ‘Trafigura case’ in which some 30,000 claimants from the Ivory Coast sued oil multinational Trafigura for compensation following a toxic waste spillage in Abidjan. This became the largest group litigation case in the UK and resulted in a compensation settlement for the claimants.

Claire also worked for a year as a legal advisor for refugees at Africa and Middle-East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), an NGO based in Cairo, Egypt. There, she provided legal advice and representation to refugees from across Africa specialising in francophone countries.

Claire speaks French and Spanish fluently, and is happy to consider papers or have conferences in those languages.

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