Claire Whittle > Bates Wells > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Public & Regulatory


Claire has experience in a wide range of public and regulatory work.  She works with a diverse range of clients including public and private sector bodies, charities, social enterprises and individuals.  She regularly advises on the interpretation of and compliance with statutory obligations, the development of policies and procedures, decision making, appeals and challenges, including judicial review. Claire has particular interests in audit, education, health and social care (including safeguarding), procurement, public inquiries (including statutory inquiries under the Charities Act 2011), inquests and professional discipline. Claire also has knowledge of data protection and freedom of information law. Claire is a qualified solicitor advocate and has regularly appeared in the First Tier Tribunal on a pro bono basis.


  • Trained at Herbert Smith LLP including a sixth month secondment to Liberty
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2011
  • Associate solicitor in the administrative and public law team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, March 2011 – November 2014
  • Granted higher rights of audience (civil proceedings) in 2013
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in January 2015 as Associate Solicitor


  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and committee member of the Young Public Lawyers Group.


  • University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Law), 2007
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2008

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Bates Wells advises university organisations as well as student bodies on a range of issues in the commercial and corporate sectors of further and higher education. The team is led by senior associate Jean Tsang, who handles commercial matters, as well as governance, charity and safeguarding, and Claire Whittle, who was promoted in April 2022 to cover the public and regulatory aspects of qualifications, contentious education matters and safeguarding. Lucy McLynn also leads on cases related to employment, such as disputes with trade unions, defending employment tribunal claims and data privacy matters.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Bates Wells works across the full spectrum of education matters, particularly regarding school reforms. The practice is able to work in collaboration with the wider firm’s well-regarded charity law practice, as well as drawing on in-house expertise where immigration matters are concerned. The commercial team is led by Jean Tsang, who handles mergers and acquisitions of academies and independent schools as well as establishing new independent schools. Claire Whittle was promoted to head of the public and regulatory team in April 2022, and specialises in qualification regulations, contentious education matters and safeguarding.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

(Next Generation Partners)

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Bates Wells‘ ‘very skilled team‘ covers the entire range of professional discipline, including health and social care, legal services, architecture, science and astronomy; the practice has a track record of acting for representative bodies, such as royal colleges and institutes. Public and regulatory specialist Claire Whittle was promoted to partner in April, although former practice leader Melanie Carter moved to Bevan Brittan LLP in mid-2022 and contentious public law partner Emma Dowden-Teale left for DLA Piper.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Next Generation Partners)

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Bates Wells is well regarded for advising clients on a wide range of public law matters, ranging from judicial reviews to public enquiries and finance issues with a nexus to the public sector. It regularly acts for third sector clients such as Royal Parks and Oxfam. and is praised for providing ‘a superb and responsive service‘. Claire Whittle, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is highly regarded for public law challenges, including judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Senior associate Alistair Williams is likewise recommended.