Claire Pickthall > Chambers of Ruth Henke KC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ruth Henke KC
30 Park Place Chambers
CF10 3BS


Claire is a member of the Criminal Team, having specialised in Criminal law since completion of her pupillage in 2000.

She is instructed by both the Prosecution and the Defence in a wide range of cases dealing with serious violent offences, complex dishonesty offences, serious and historic sexual offences and drug conspiracy offences. She has significant experience of high value Proceeds of Crime cases and is often instructed in cases that attract significant media attention.

Claire is recognised for her thorough preparation and clear and concise advocacy within the Court room. She is well known for being approachable both to her professional and lay clients.

She takes her responsibility as a Criminal Advocate very seriously, understanding that it can be a difficult journey for all of those involved, striving to make it as smooth a journey as possible both for her professional client and her lay client.

Claire is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and member of the Rape and serious sexual offences panel.


Call: 1999; Gray’s Inn


Conversational French and German.


  • 1994 – 1997: University of Wales, College Cardiff – LLB Hons. 2:1
  • 1998- 1999: Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course: ‘Very Competent’ 
  • 1999 – 2000: Pupil, Temple Chambers, Cardiff
  • 2000 – 2012: Tenant, Temple Chambers, Cardiff
  • 2012 – Present: Tenant 30 Park Place, Cardiff

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Pickthall30 Park Place Chambers ‘Claire is an outstanding lawyer. She is always thoroughly prepared and is adaptable.’