Clare is a partner with over 30 years experience of acting for clients on intellectual property (IP) and commercial disputes.  She is an accredited mediator and her aim is to achieve clients objectives as cost effectively as possible. She has held management positions as Head of Litigation and as a member of Partnership Council.

In advising clients Clare not only looks at the issues involved in a dispute but also the surrounding commercial backdrop to find the best strategy for clients to attain their objectives whether it be protecting and enhancing the value of their commercial/IP assets or leveraging their position in negotiations. Her familiarity with key legal documents whether corporate, commercial or real estate enables her to skillfully find pragmatic solutions to IP and commercial issues. Where litigation/arbitration is the best approach Clare's drive and determination make her a formidable opponent. She has acted successfully on many leading reported cases in the fields of misuse of confidential information/trade secrets, duties of trustees and professional negligence.

Clare acts for a range of clients from multi-national household names to start-ups.

'Clare brings a real balance of legal and commercial viewpoints in obtaining the best outcome for clients.' Chamber and Partners

'Knowing Clare is not on the other side is how I sleep at night!'

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

My particular interest is in helping client navigate the risks and maximise the benefits arising from advances in digitisation whether this is in the use of technology for service delivery working with OC Solutions or managing risks to ensure clients drive the best value from their technology investments.

I see mental health as a key issue for all businesses and as a trained mental health champion I raise awareness and provide support when I can.

Work

Leading defence company

Complex strategic advice regarding IPR and licensing.

International food giant

Transmission of  confidential information and trade secrets by ex-employees to personal email addresses and third parties.  Our prompt and robust action was crucial to protect valuable confidential information from onward dissemination and use by competitors.

Eurostar

All issues arising on extensive global trade mark portfolio.

Leading Commercial Real Estate Investor

Exiting put and call option agreement. Advice saved the client about £40million.

Electricity distribution network operator

Injunctive relief for trade mark infringement and passing off. The claim was involved  false emails which purport to originate from our client, including claims of trade mark infringement and passing off.

Global telecoms company

Claim involving delays, service incentives and service credits.

Dispute concerning delays to a development, innovation and support contract programme for the Ministry of Justice. Multiple complex high value issues together with competing claims by the other parties for service incentive payments and service credits. Resolved following mediation.

Proptech FM Company

Dispute over earn-out consideration valued at £65m.  The dispute concerned numerous adjustments which the vendors proposed to the earnout accounts.  We represented the sellers in a 90 day expert determination process.  We successfully resolved the dispute on confidential settlement terms, which were favourable to our clients.

International multi-channel retailer

Strategic advice, proactive brand enforcement and trade mark portfolio management.

International commercial bank

Advising on professional negligence action against solicitors involving complex financial arrangements.

Supplier to the construction industry

Claim against former employees who set up a competing business, using know how and data owned by client.  Action claiming breaches of confidence, trade secrets,  data and contractual rights.  Successfully resolved through negotiation.

Acting for cutting edge healthcare technology company

Successfully defended an unfair prejudice petition and an associated without notice injunction application.

Acting for former directors and shareholders of food manufacturing company

Defence of multiple claims for fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy and breach of warranty  with an estimated value of £15m.  Successfully resolved following mediation.

International Telecoms Company

5 ICC arbitrations seeking repayment of sums paid by mistake following fraudulent traffic manipulation, obtained substantial recoveries.

Leading end to end IT services and solutions company

Dispute on IT outsourcing contract with a government agency.  The issues revolved around exit plans and associated information and are important to the future running of the contract.  Advice on strategy for expert Determination, worked with the client team to marshal evidence and drafted submissions to the Expert.  The Determinations were in our client's favour.

Global Telecoms Company

Litigation valued at £10m involving improper activations by third parties of sim cards

Cayman Island Company

Defending claims concerning a share option agreement. The case involves complex contentious employment and corporate issues.