Clare is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team.

She advises on general contractual disputes over the supply of goods or services, commercial disputes between shareholders and directors and financial services disputes. Clare also advises clients in respect of regulatory road transport issues.

Clare acts for sole traders, commercial agents, and limited companies, offering advice on all areas of commercial disputes. She also provides regulatory advice about consumer credit and FCA compliance in financial services disputes.

She also advises hauliers and businesses who run their own HGV vehicles (as an ancillary part of the business, moving their own products), on matters relating to their operator’s licences and provides representation and advice in relation to public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner.

Her clients include builders’ merchants, cavity wall companies, lifting equipment hire companies, fire-safety companies, high-cost short-term loan lenders, agricultural service providers and luxury refurbishment companies.

Clare is pragmatic and takes a commercial approach, recognising that avoiding Court proceedings may be beneficial to her clients, and is a keen advocate of mediation and other forms of ADR.

Recent examples of how Clare has supported clients include:

  • advising a director and majority shareholder in the defence of a claim against him by a dismissed former director;
  • advising and reaching a settlement for a commercial agent about her claim under the EU Regulations;
  • defending a high-cost short-term lender in a financial services dispute in the High Court, in a claim by over 50 recipients of loans who alleged unfairness in the lending process; and
  • representing a builders’ merchant who had bought a new truck which had intermittent faults, the issue was resolved creatively directly with the manufacturer, and jointly with the dealer.