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Claire Watson

Claire is an all round family law specialist and has a wide ranging criminal law practice. She is also one of chambers' Pupil Supervisors
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Claire graduated in 1988 and initially worked in the busy family law department of a large provincial firm of solicitors.

In 1989 Claire joined the Crown Prosecution Service, initially in Reading, and shortly thereafter moving to the Fraud Investigation Group at CPS headquarters.

She was called to the Bar in 1991 and, following the completion of the first six months of pupillage, returned to the CPS to join the Camberwell Green team in South London.  She moved to Birmingham in 1993 for a year and returned to London in 1994, finally resigning as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1997.

Whilst in employment with the CPS Claire prosecuted the whole range of offences from minor road traffic to murder.  Her particular interest lay in fraud cases; from white collar to the grubby blue collar variety.  After leaving the CPS Claire practised initially from 3 Temple Gardens, moving to East Anglian Chambers in 2003.

Since joining Chambers Claire has maintained a busy criminal practice whilst developing a readily expanding family practice.


Crime
Claire specialises in criminal defence work in all areas including rape, serious assault, drug offences and sexual offences against children.  She has conducted prosecutions on behalf of the CPS, DWP and various local authorities in respect of regulatory offences, a speciality being offences under the Food Safety Act.  She also has considerable experience of Liquor Licensing Law.

Claire has not actively pursued interest in criminal law for the last 3 years due to the demands of her  expanding family practice but is now returning to the criminal courts.


Family
Within the Family Court Claire represents all parties involved in care proceedings where she has a particular interest in families finding themselves at risk of losing their children to the care system, and private law proceedings.  She has a width of experience in dealing with family financial disputes including TOLATA and has a particular talent in being able to apportion very little with minimum complication.  She has experience of representing all parties and is thus able to approach each case with a knowledge of the range of likely outcomes and can be relied upon to give realistic advice.

Claire is approachable, down to earth and has a no-nonsense approach to problem solving.  She is regarded as a ‘safe pair of hands’ and has a particular empathy with nervous clients.


Qualifications:
LLB
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