Clare is a partner in our regulatory team. She is a highly experienced regulatory lawyer with particular expertise in advising and representing regulators in the healthcare sector. She is an advocate with significant High Court and Court of Appeal experience.
Main areas of practice
Clare supports clients with all aspects of regulatory law and procedure, including operational casework, advice on strategy and policy, and regulatory reform.
Clare has experience of supporting regulators and policy makers across a range of sectors, including healthcare, teaching, legal and financial. She also advises and represents individuals and organisations facing regulatory action, and the bodies representing them.
Clare has been operations/delivery partner for three large healthcare regulators. She has specialised in serious and high profile case work, including High Court/Court of Appeal matters.
While working in-house at a healthcare regulator, Clare:
- Led the policy and change teams responsible for the development of the regulator’s fitness to practise strategy
- Led on the formation of a public support service
- Led the operational fitness to practise teams
- Led on the regulatory reform work stream for fitness to practise.
- Regulatory, Disciplinary & Compliance
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Regulatory and Compliance Support for Businesses
Clare completed a degree in law at the University of Birmingham in 1994, and qualified as a barrister the following year. She did pupillage at 23 Essex Street and spent the first nine years of her career there as a self-employed barrister, specialising in crime and regulation. She joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an in-house barrister in 2004. She moved to Blake Morgan as a partner in 2015, before returning the NMC as deputy director, fitness to practise, in 2017. She rejoined Blake Morgan in 2021.
- Lincoln's Inn
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Clare is a lead advocacy tutor at Lincoln’s Inn and an experienced trainer. She is also an experienced legal assessor in regulatory adjudications.
Insights by Clare
We look at a case involving the General Medical Council (GMC), which highlights some important points regarding witnesses in court.Read More
The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recently undertook to seek views on the introduction of a new Standard on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to the current Standards for Accredited Registers...Read More
Over 18 months after consulting on proposals for the reform of healthcare professional regulation, the Government has now published its consultation response and plans for next steps.Read More