Claire attended the University of Liverpool and attained an Upper Second Class Law Degree. After completing the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School (Very Competent) she completed a 12 month pupillage at King’s Bench Chambers and became a tenant in 2004.
At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, Claire specialised in family law (child law and matrimonial law) which she now continues in her practice at the Bar.
Claire has a broad family law practice with an emphasis on children work. Her practice includes all areas of child law, both public and private law proceedings, including placement, adoption and special guardianship applications.
Claire takes a straightforward approach to her cases and believes in the importance of establishing a good rapport with clients from the outset.
Claire Appleby has spent time during lockdown becoming a certified Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England which means she is trained in mental health skills and awareness. The course teaches in depth skills for providing first aid to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis. Claire hopes that this training will enable her to offer the very best support to clients with mental health issues to enable them to participate fully in the court process.
Claire has a particular interest in care proceedings where she represents parents, Local Authorities and Guardians.
She has experience of handling cases involving the following:
• Non - accidental injuries;
• Serious sexual abuse, including representation of alleged perpetrators;
• Representing parents with learning difficulties and cases involving the Official Solicitor;
• Neglect and substance misuse;
• Domestic violence;
• Representation of grandparents seeking contact/residence in the context of care proceedings;
• Special guardianship applications including the issue of financial support;
• Adoption and placement orders and post final hearing contact applications.