Claire Davies

 

CLAIRE DAVIES

 

Call Date: 1999 (Recorder 2016)

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Having been a member of Chambers for over 16 years Claire is now one of the most senior members and was in 2016 appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, a first in Chambers.

Claire is an experienced leading junior counsel and regularly undertakes the most serious of cases and is often commended for her attention to detail and client care by those who instruct her. Due to the nature of her practice Claire regularly appears in multi-handed drugs and fraud cases and is experienced in handling cases with substantial amounts of paperwork, telephone evidence and cell site.

In recent years Claire’s practice has seen her undertake substantial cases involving experts including ‘baby shaking’ cases and Health and Safety prosecutions. Sexual offences are a substantial part of Claire’s practice and she is experienced with the use of intermediaries and cross-examining vulnerable complainants including children as young as 4.

Claire is trusted by those instructing to represent the most difficult of clients and in the most complex of cases.

In 2016 Claire was appointed as an Independent Funding Adjudicator.

Examples of cases Claire has undertaken are:

 

Jurisdictions:

 

R v L The Supreme Court of Gibraltar

Leading counsel: Allegations of arson including one where several houses were set ablaze and destroyed. Successful submission of no case in relation to the main arson and client acquitted of all other counts by jury.

 

Homicide

 

R v B. CCC (Led by QC) 5 week trial before the Recorder of London. Allegations of Murder and causing/allowing the death of her 16 week old daughter. Cut throat defence with father of the child. The crown relied upon the leading experts in the following fields: pathology, paediatric pathology, radiology, osteoarticular pathology, neuro pathology, ophthalmic pathology and paediatrics. There were substantial issues relating to domestic violence, bad character and disclosure. The case involved significant phone evidence, cell site and CCTV. The client was acquitted of murder. The case attracted national press coverage.

R v O; R v O Ltd. Sole junior (co-def and pros represented by QC) 3 week trial. Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety Offences. The case involved a subcontractor falling through a roof to his death. There was expert evidence given by Senior Environmental Health Officer, Senior Health and Safety Inspectors, a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Structural Engineer. The defence involved allegations of collusion by some prosecution witnesses and was a cut throat against the subcontracting organisation.

R v B. Death by Dangerous driving. Client was only 18 years old at the time of the offence.  Consideration of expert’s collision reports and statements of multiple witnesses to the collision.  Attracted media coverage.

R v N. (Led by QC) Murder. The case involved the defendant murdering his wife by beheading and then the attempt to dispose of her body. Expert pathological evidence surrounding the issue of peri-mortem/post-mortem. Legal issue argued regarding loss of control and its application to the case.  National press coverage.

R v AB. (Led by QC) Murder/conspiracy to GBH allegations. The allegation was that one of the co-defendants had organised the murder from a prison cell. Client acquitted of murder. National press coverage

R V P (Led by QC) Murder - Multi-handed. The stabbing which resulted in the death of 15 year old was said to be in revenge for an incident earlier in the day. The main issue was joint enterprise and the case complicated by bad character. The defendant was acquitted of all counts.

R v P (Led by QC) 7 handed murder. The murder was said to be a revenge attack for the murder of their friend in the previous 24 hours. The offence was carried out by pouring petrol through the front door of the house and then setting it alight. The wrong house was targeted resulting in the death of a mother and her 3 children. High media interest.

R-v-J - Sole junior counsel in attempted murder case where the defendant suffered from complex psychiatric difficulties which had gone undiagnosed.

R-v-M - Sole junior in attempted murder case. The defendant had stabbed in the neck the father of his ex-partner. Complicated domestic factors and bad character.

R-v-P Sole junior on multi-handed attempted murder. The defendant was said to repeatedly stabbed in the back a gang rival. Bad character issues arose and cut throat defences

 

Financial offences

R v S:  £44m fraud multiple defendants international aspects client acquitted

R v S: Fraud of £90k plus represented a bank employee who was accused of passing on information and changing details on accounts. Case stayed as an abuse of process upon application due to failings in disclosure.

R v R  Diamond fraud. Client accused of selling diamonds that either did not exist or were of a poor quality. He was an employee of the co-defendants. Application for dismissal successful.

R v P:  Money laundering in excess of £40m. This case involved an NCA investigation encompassing multiple jurisdictions. Substantial disclosure failings by the Crown and following legal argument the Crown offered no evidence.

R V Z: Fraud. 28 handed. ‘Crash for cash’ False insurance claims made following staged car accidents.

R v K:  Fraud Multi handed online banking fraud with international aspects. Media interest.

R v D: Led junior represented a solicitor accused of Mortgage fraud. Following legal submissions, the case was stayed as an abuse of process.

R v F:  2 day contested confiscation hearing involving evidence from foreign jurisdictions. The Crown argued that there were £2m hidden assets. Following defence evidence and submissions the Judge held there were no hidden assets.

 

Sexual offences

 

R v M: Sexual activity with a child multiple counts and multi-handed. Crown applied to adduce the complainants evidence under hearsay provisions due to her unfitness to attend. Skeleton argument submitted on behalf of all defendants and substantial legal arguments throughout the trial.

R v P: Historic allegations dating back to 1973 combined with more recent allegations involving a different complainant. Application for severance successful and client acquitted at both trials.

R v U: Leading defence counsel in multi-handed rare prosecution for trafficking out of the UK. Client abducted the girls from foster care there having been released from prison and then arranged for their departure. Substantial hearsay arguments to play evidence when witness unavailable. Court of appeal proceedings complex with significant further disclosure following trial.

R v K: Rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of different complainants. Rare expert evidence called by the Crown of statistical genetics in relation to DNA. Exclusion of ID evidence successful following voire dire.

R v H: Historic allegation 1970’s. A submission of no case on one count made at the start of the trial successful and following trial client acquitted of remaining counts.

R v B: Historic allegations from 1980’s father and stepdaughter. Family divided with some giving evidence on behalf of prosecution and others on behalf of defence. Social service records and previous police investigation subject to legal arguments. Following trial client acquitted.

R v R: Care worker accused of sexual assault on a patient under his care. Intermediary for the complainant due to the significant learning and physical disabilities of the complainant. Client acquitted.

R V M: Historic allegations from 1980’s and 1970’s complicated by bad character evidence of unproved previous sexual allegations from even earlier.

R V P: Rape and false imprisonment of client’s partner. Late medical evidence called by the Crown but successfully challenged. Client acquitted of all counts.

 

Other offences


R v R: Firearms conspiracy involving Mach 10 sub machine gun

R v M: Firearms multi-handed case. Involved pistol, machine gun and ammunition discovered. Cut throat defences. Legal argument regarding admissibility of clients previous two acquittals.

R v B: Multi handed drugs importation of 130kilos of cocaine value approximately £19m. Cut throat defence at trial. Client acquitted.

R v C: Led junior in largest Flying Squad investigation into raids of high value jewelers multi-handed trial.

R v H: Conspiracy to supply Class B approx. 50kilos. Multi-handed prosecution supply between Midlands OCG and Plymouth OCG

R v P: Possession with intent Cocaine 35 kilos worth approx. £3.6m Following legal submissions at Newton hearing client’s basis accepted.

 

Examples of cases Claire is instructed in 2017/2018:

 

Leicester CC 6 Week- multi-handed Trading standard prosecution

Birmingham CC Sexual activity Child/grooming

Woolwich CC 8 Week: Apple pay fraud

Cambridge CC 3 week conspiracy to supply Class A

Central Criminal Court: 6 week Cybercrime trial

Leeds CC: 6 week Historic sexual offences/ grooming

 

Memberships

Member of South Eastern Circuit

Member of Criminal Bar Association

Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association

 

Other information

Claire is licensed to take Direct Access Work