Claire Bunbury > Chambers of John Price KC and Cairns Nelson KC > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of John Price KC and Cairns Nelson KC
23 Essex Street
Waterhouse, 2nd Floor, 41 Spring Gardens
M2 2BG


‘She has a cost-effective and commercial approach’. Legal 500, 2015 : Commercial, banking and insolvency

Claire’s practice includes company and shareholder disputes, freezing injunctions, professional negligence, sale of goods, consumer credit, restitution, defamation and soft intellectual property. She is frequently retained in high value contractual litigation, recent examples of which include a tri-party High Court dispute over title to goods with a damages claim in excess of £2 million, and a claim for commissions in excess of £1 million arising out of the selling of packaged financial products.

Claire often acts for banks and well known finance providers in a wide range of disputes. She recently represented an international bank in a successful appeal against a decision concerning the recoverability of “claw back’ commissions.

Claire’s practice includes a traditional Chancery element, and she regularly advises and acts in cases involving boundary disputes, easements, covenants, resulting and constructive trusts, landlord and tenant and contentious probate.

Claire has appeared in the Ecclesiastical Court and the Lands Tribunal and she has been retained in high profile inquests.

Claire has a particular interest in insolvency, and regularly appears in the High Court in relation to wide range of insolvency related matters.

Having studied Conflict of Laws as part of her Bachelor of Civil Law degree, Claire has maintained her interest in Private International Law in practice, and frequently advises in cases that have a cross border element.

Claire has significant experience in the regulatory field. She often represents a well-known regulatory body, and has advised and acted in relation to enforcement of industry regulations, both by the regulator and by consumers. She has also, in her capacity as Counsel for the regulator, had conduct of a number of judicial review matters and recently successfully appeared before the Head of the Commercial Court in a case involving the determination of whether or not the regulator owed a consumer a duty of care.

Claire particularly enjoys conducting cases with a commercial fraud element, recent cases including a 7 day trial involving a complex insurance ring fraud and a matter involving a sophisticated cross border property investment scam.

Claire has a rapidly developing practice in Sports Law. Recent cases include advising an international athlete in relation to her prospects of successfully appealing a doping ban, and advising a Premiership footballer as to the construction of an ‘exit clause’ in his contract with the club.


Qualified 2006; Middle Temple. Treasurer of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association.


Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association; Northern Chancery Bar Association; British and Irish Commercial Bar Association.


Hulme Grammar School for girls; Wadham College, Oxford (2004 BA jurisprudence; 2005 BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Bunbury – 23 Essex Street ‘Claire is incredibly hard-working and thorough, she gets to grips with very complicated issues, and her biggest strength is her advocacy skills. All judges respect her submissions, they know that when she makes a point, it is likely right, and she has wonderful control over a courtroom whenever she is on her feet.’