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Claire specialises in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, data protection and harassment. She is recognised as a leading defamation and privacy barrister in The Legal 500.

Claire has represented clients in the County Court, the High Court, and the Supreme Court. Recent clients have included a London Borough Council, an NHS organisation, prominent social media commentators and a counter-extremism think-tank. In addition, she has significant experience of providing pre-publication advice to publishing houses and a range of national media organisations. She has advised The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the BBC.

In 2018, Claire was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship to participate in the Paris Bar Exchange. She spent one month attending a variety of court and arbitration hearings, and sat with the media and information team at leading French law firm, Herald.

Before commencing pupillage, Claire was editor and communications manager of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and continues to write for it on the topics of freedom of expression and privacy. In 2014, she co-edited the Hub’s inaugural published anthology,“Global Perspectives on Human Rights” and its annual report.




BA (Law with Law in Europe) (First Class Honours), University of Oxford (Keble College)

BCL, University of Oxford (Keble College)

Residential Scholar, Gray’s Inn

Bacon Scholar, Gray’s Inn, 2013-2014

Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français et Européen, Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Claire OvermanDoughty Street ChambersSpecialised in all aspects of media and information law.