5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

"Excellent and won’t miss a trick, but also a pleasure to work with."
Legal 500 2020

Claire specialises in employment, public /administrative, inquests, inquiries and civil claims. She is regularly instructed by Government departments and public bodies 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 frequently represents the Government in relation to cases with a national security element and has particular experience of the issues that arise in such cases. She appears for individuals and private bodies particularly in fact-sensitive or high-profile whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

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 was appointed to the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel in 2019 and has over 10 years’ experience in Government cases.

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 is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, and a Chairman of the WCOSP Charitable Trust. She was a member of the London Board of Crimestoppers working alongside the Metropolitan Police and chaired her local Police SNT Ward Panel. She is a Lead Tutor for Advocacy at Lincoln’s Inn for 10 years.

In May 2020, Claire was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the South Eastern Circuit.