5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003


Claire is regularly instructed in cases within the health sector including inquests, civil claims and employment cases. She is a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

Claire’s experience in inquests regularly includes the involvement of healthcare providers both within custody and in the community, evidence from healthcare experts, and consideration of the issue of neglect. Her experience of disability discrimination cases in the Employment Tribunal and civil courts is valuable in addressing cases involving issues relating to mental health. Recent cases include:

Instructed by Thames Valley Police force in respect of a death in police custody of Leroy Medford relating to the care of a detainee who had plugged and then subsequently swallowed drugs including consideration of intimate searches, interaction with hospital care including viability of CT scans and the consideration of the issue of neglect.

Inquest for the Ministry of Justice in relation to a prisoner who confessed to the murder he had previously denied in the face of a high-profile innocence campaign and consideration of personality disorder;

Three-week inquest for the MOJ relating to a death in custody involving complex mental health issues;

Claire regularly deals with disability discrimination cases in the employment tribunal particularly in relation to the complex issues of mental health, but also in respect of physical health conditions. She is regularly instructed in whistleblowing cases on behalf of individual healthcare practitioners, as well as for Public Health England and the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. She has recently been instructed in a claim relating to doctor in a whistleblowing case related to breach of GMC guidelines and standard of patient care.

Claire has significant experience of advising in respect of disciplinary proceedings both in an employment context and in regulatory proceedings brought against barristers, and vetting procedures within the security sector. Claire is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.