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Claire Whittle

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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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

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Bates Wells Braithwaite 'provides excellent response terms and is one of the best in terms of acumen and knowledge'. The multi-disciplinary team covers the  breadth of the professional disciplines, including accountancy and health and social care. It is also retained as the sole legal adviser to The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Compliance Officer, which disciplines MPs for abuses of the expenses system; and it recently acted for the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC), the body that regulates barristers, in an application for an injunction brought by a barrister against COIC, seeking to prevent it from disbarring him from the profession. Former deputy registrar of the General Optical Council, Melanie Carter 'has a superb practice and often acts as a legal assessor for various regulators'; and for over 15 years has sat as a legal assessor for The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Emma Dowden-Teale was promoted to the partnership and a significant proportion of her practice relates to the regulation of professionals in the healthcare and education sectors; consultant John Trotter is a former partner of the firm who acts on behalf of accountancy bodies; and promoted to senior associate in 2017 Claire Whittle, is 'a rising star who is extremely bright, hardworking, thorough and a brilliant drafter'.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Next generation lawyers

Claire Whittle - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Administrative and public law

Clients find that 'the level of service is excellent' at Bates Wells Braithwaite. The team takes on a broad range of work including inquiries and the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and acts for both public bodies and claimants. The well-regarded team head Melanie Carter  advises the National Audit office on its audits of local government and NHS bodies and other day-to-day matters. Most recently she advised on the Advisory Notice issued by KPMG (for whom it also acts) on the bankrupt Northants Council. In other work it acted for Airport Coordination following the collapse of Monarch Airlines which included defending a judicial review and involved issues of interpretation of two EU Regulations. Both Carter and Jessica Collings are considered to be 'creative, hardworking and imaginative.' Rupert Earle is noted as 'an outstanding advertising and regulatory law practitioner who is flexible, dependable and has a good team to back him up.' Emma Dowden-Teale , who has been promoted to partner and Claire Whittle  are both noted practitioners.

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