5 Essex Court

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Public / Administrative

Claire undertakes judicial reviews in wide range of forums including the High Court, but also has considerable experience of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) and in the Sovereign Base Area Cyprus. Recent cases include representing the Service Complaints Ombudsman in judicial reviews relating to the Armed Forces, advising the Metropolitan Police in relation to a threatened judicial review relating to a former undercover officer and the payment of sick pay, representing the MOJ in a judicial review against the refusal to transfer a prisoner to open conditions which included a policy challenge.

As well as appearing as an advocate, Claire has been involved in a number of cases in an advisory capacity and has successfully defended and avoided claims on receipt of a letter before claim, and at the permission stage. She has recently advised the Secretary of State for Education in respect of an application for interim relief in the context of a decision to suspend the course designation of a Higher Education college ultimately leading to the application being withdrawn. . Claire is instructed by the DWP in relation to a challenge to the Universal Credit Regulations and an allegation that they are discriminatory and / or unlawful in relation to the housing allowance calculation.  

In the SBA, Claire has acted for the SBA Police force and the Administration in respect of challenges to the local Police Discipline Regulations as well as in other civil and employment claims. The SBA is governed by Ordinances passed by the local administration but subject to UK common law. Her most recent case was appealed to the Privy Council, in which Claire drafted written submissions and the appeal was rejected.

In SIAC, Claire is regularly instructed by the Home Office in respect of challenges to naturalisation and exclusion to the UK. SIAC applies the same JR principles as the High Court but combined with a closed material procedure in relation to any relevant closed material.