5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Claire specialises in employment, public /administrative, inquests, inquiries and civil claims. She is regularly instructed by a number of government departments as well as Police forces in inquests and public inquiries, and has significant experience across a broad range of civil cases.

Claire is considered to be “personable and engaging as well as excellent with clients”. She is rated by clients for representing "the best of barrister qualities – she’s clear and articulate about the big picture, but in preparation her attention to detail is excellent”.

Claire regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and High Court. She freqently represents the Government in relation to cases with a national security element and has particular experience of the issues that arise in such cases.

Recent examples of her work include: senior junior counsel on the Undercover Policing Inquiry for the Designated Lawyers team (representing a significant number of former SDS officers); representing the Crown Prosecution Service in a substantial malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, and conspiracy to injure case; and a number of substantial inquests on behalf of HMPPS arising out of deaths in prison custody

Claire is appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Claire practised for nine years at a common law chambers before joining 5 Essex Court in 2014. In her early years of practice, Claire appeared regularly in criminal cases and was on the CPS Prosecution list.

Claire was a member of the London Board of Crimestoppers working alongside the Metropolitan Police and chairs her local Police SNT Ward Panel.