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Cloisters Chambers
Cloisters
1 PUMP COURT, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7AA
England

Living Wage

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Work Department

Employment and discrimination; administrative and Public law; civil liberties.

Position

Claire McCann specialises in employment, equality and public law as well as commercial, regulatory and human rights law. She is widely recognised for her incisive cross-examination skills, meticulous preparation, speed of response, and her ability to put clients at ease. Highly regarded for her tenacity in court and commercial acumen, she is regularly instructed on behalf of companies, charities, public authorities and central government, trade unions and individuals.  She is appointed to the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Counsel.  She is accredited to be instructed under Direct Access. She has a particularly strong reputation for her equality work, including non-employment discrimination cases and judicial reviews. She is also instructed in High Court employment-related litigation concerning restraint of trade and director’s duties. Claire has a strong advisory practice and is a sought-after junior in complex and high-profile litigation. Notable appellate cases include: C v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (about transgender rights and informational privacy); Surtees v Middlesbrough Council (a seminal equal pay case about pay protection); and Elias v Secretary of State for Defence (one of the first cases in which the Court of Appeal considered the ambit of the race equality duty). Claire contributes to legal textbooks and articles to legal journals, lectures widely on employment law and has filmed contributions for Legal Network TV.

Career

Claire joined Cloisters in 2000; she previously worked as a consultant for the Public Law Project where she co-authored a publication on access to health records; in 2005, she worked in the Human Rights Team of the Crown Law Office in New Zealand.

Languages

French.

Memberships

ELA; ELBA; DLA; HRLA; ILS; Bar Pro Bono Unit; ELAAS

Education

Wadham College, Oxford BA in English and French; Modern Languages (1st Class) and City University (Dip Law). Wadham College Scholar (1995/1996). Inner Temple Major Scholar (1998) and Princess Royal Scholar (1999). Pegasus Scholarship (2005).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Claire McCannCloistersA good advocate who is known for complex discrimination cases.

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Claire McCannCloistersApart from in-depth knowledge of discrimination law, she gives expert legal advice on complex legal issues.