Claire Robinson.

  • Barrister
  • Year of call 1991
What others say:

‘Claire is a very strong advocate who comes across as someone with full command of the documents and detail. She is a very calming influence on clients and has a clear way of explaining things for their benefit.’ - Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2021)

‘Her work includes discipline cases involving alleged sexual misconduct and dishonesty’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2020)

Practice Profile:

Claire is an experienced barrister who regularly acts as leading junior and junior counsel in cases of all levels of seriousness and complexity. She is respected for her attention to detail, thorough preparation and calm approach to cases.

Claire both defends and prosecutes which compliments her balanced approach. She has particular expertise in cases involving serious sexual offences, fraud, serious violence and drugs.

Claire is a leading junior in the field of professional discipline. She represents registrants who face allegations of misconduct, lack of competence and health conditions.

Claire is a level 4 prosecutor for the CPS and is on the CPS panel of approved advocates for rape cases.

Claire is a Legal Adviser to the Fitness to Practice Committees of the General Dental Council.

Qualifications:
  • MA (Oxon)
  • Diploma in Law
  • BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law
Professional memberships:
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Claire is qualified to accept instructions from clients through the Direct Access scheme.

Practice Areas:

Serious crime

Claire is regularly instructed as both leading junior and junior counsel to deal with single and multi-handed cases involving serious violence, drug supply and modern slavery offences. She has particular experience in dealing with sensitive cases involving serious sexual offences, including historic offences and offences against children and is used to dealing with cases in which special measures are required, including the use of the section 28 provisions for pre-recorded cross-examination.

Financial crime

Claire has significant experience in multi-handed cases involving allegations of fraud and money-laundering. Her attention to detail and meticulous preparation mean that she has the skills and temperament required for these types of cases.  

Professional discipline and regulatory law

Claire is known as a leading practitioner in the field of professional discipline and regulatory law. She regularly defends registrants before fitness to practice committees and is sought after for cases which involve sexual misconduct or require consideration of third-party material.

She has particular experience before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and at General Medical Council hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Claire also regularly appears on behalf of medical professionals at inquests, including those requiring a jury.

Claire is a Legal Adviser to the General Dental Council fitness to practice committees.  

Notable cases:

Serious crime

R v L (2020)
Prosecution counsel. Historic sexual offences against a step-daughter. Oxford Crown Court.

R v Y (2020)
Defence counsel. A 16-year-old schoolboy who stabbed a rival. Isleworth Crown Court.

R v T (2019) 
 Defence counsel. Shop owner accused of a modern-day slavery offences. Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v J (2019)
Prosecution counsel. Historic sexual offences against a foster daughter. Aylesbury Crown Court.

R v M (2019)
Junior prosecution counsel, led by Kate Lumsdon QC. Historic sexual offences committed by a Roman Catholic priest against children in his congregation in the 1970’s. Aylesbury Crown Court.

R v N (2018) 
Prosecution counsel. Defendant who carried out a campaign of stalking her ex-boyfriend; sending malicious communications to both him and his work colleagues and perverting the course of justice, which involved her staging her own kidnap and then hiding in Scotland. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v. C [2017] 
Defence counsel. Historic sexual offences against his sister.

R v H & Others [2015] 
Junior defence counsel led by Vince Coughlin QC. Represented the first defendant, an 18 year old charged with multiple counts of rape and gang rape of a young and vulnerable complainant over a two year period.


Financial crime

R v G & others (2020)
Leading prosecution counsel. Multi-handed conspiracy to launder money; large quantities of cash collected around the UK and intercepted at airports (Op Leadbelly).

R v. Lawrence [2015]
Prosecution counsel. 78 year old defendant who defrauded his partner of £160,000 to fund his affair with his mistress aged 27 years. Croydon Crown Court.

R v. O & Others [2013]
Leading prosecution counsel. Six defendants charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law.

R v. Mayiger & Others [2012]
Leading prosecution counsel in a conspiracy to defraud. Non-transferrable tickets to Premiership football matches and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships were purchased and then sold online at inflated prices. Members of the public who has purchased tickets were stopped when they attended the matches and in some instances were refused entry. Southwark Crown Court.

Professional discipline and regulatory law

NMC v L & others (2019)
A senior nurse who faced serious misconduct charges arising from her employment at HMP Liverpool. The prison was part of the failed Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, which no longer exists, and which was reviewed in the Kirkup inquiry, published in 2018.

GMC v P (2018)
A doctor accused of using his mobile phone camera to view a male colleague under the partition between two toilet cubicles.

NMC v F (2017)
Defended a psychiatric nurse accused of historic sexual misconduct against a patient in his care.

Claire Robinson news.

Regulating Healthcare Professionals - Crucible's Response to Government Consultation.

Claire Robinson

24/06/2021

Case Update: Reed & ors v The Queen (2021) EWCA Crim 572 - Sentencing offences against children.

Claire Robinson

30/04/2021

Case Update: Khan v GMC (2021).

Claire Robinson

31/03/2021

GMC v Simon Bramhall - On its way to the High Court.

Claire Robinson

31/03/2021

Professional Discipline & Regulatory Team – Quarterly Update – Winter 2020.

Laura Bayley

18/12/2020

An update on recent cases and guidance

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Findings of sexual motivation - GMC v Haris.

Claire Robinson

16/12/2020

An important case - but is there more to come?

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Assessment of evidence - some useful reminders from the case of Dutta.

Claire Robinson

14/12/2020

A useful update for any regulatory practitioner

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Applications invited for third six/fixed term tenancy.

22/10/2020