“Thorough in her advice. Good grasp of the law and had detailed knowledge of key cases.”
Claire joined Chambers in 2016, and is quickly building up a busy practice. She has represented clients in both the County Court and the High Court, and clients have included a London Borough Council, an NHS organisation, prominent social media commentators and a number of companies. In addition, Claire regularly provides pre-publication advice to publishing houses and a range of media organisations including The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, and the BBC.
From June to September 2017, Claire was seconded to the legal department of Times Newspapers Ltd. During her secondment, she handled complaints on a variety of matters including copyright and IPSO complaints.
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, Granrut.
Before commencing pupillage, Claire spent a year working in the litigation team of a multinational energy company. In 2013-14, she was editor and communications manager of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and continues to write for it regularly 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.
During pupillage, she gained experience in all aspects of media, communications and information law including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection. Claire accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ practice from both claimants and defendants.
“Thorough in her advice. Good grasp of the law and had detailed knowledge of key cases.” The Legal 500 2018
K&K Hire Limited and anr v Radio Taxis (Southampton) Limited (2018) – Counsel for the defendant in a successful application for strike out and summary judgment in respect of both claimants’ claims in defamation.
Churchil Ltd v The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (2018) – Counsel for Ofqual in a claim originally brought in defamation, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, and unlawful interference in business.
Osborn v Phillips (2017) – Counsel for the defendant in a libel, data protection and harassment claim.
Obileye v Williams and anr (2017) – Counsel for the defendants in an application to strike out a defamation claim.
Wallwork and others v McDowall and another (2016) – Counsel for the defendants in a successful application to strike out a defamation action for Jameel abuse of process and failure to surmount the serious harm threshold in section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.
Data Protection / Privacy
King v Kogan Page Limited (2017) – Counsel for the defendant, successfully striking out a claim brought in the County Court under the Data Protection Act 1998.
R v Lewis (2018) – Counsel for two national media organisations, successfully opposing an application for a reporting direction under s.46 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
2018 – Pegasus Scholarship, Paris Bar Exchange.
2017 – 2-month secondment to the legal department of Times Newspapers Limited.
Cases and News
One Brick Court members give talk on media-related issues - 16th May 2017 On 16 May 2017, Sarah Palin and Claire Overman presented a talk to leading divorce [...]
Publications and Seminars
Data Protection and Children, BBC legal department, November 2017
Media-related Issues in High-profile Divorces, Vardags (leading family and divorce solicitors), May 2017
Defamation Update, Channel 4 legal department, April 2017
Co-editor, Global Perspectives on Human Rights, the Oxford Human Rights Hub, 2014
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)
Name and contact details of the Data Controller
One Brick Court
London EC4Y 9BY
Tel: 020 7353 9945
Individuals to whom this Privacy Notice applies
1. This notice applies to all those whose personal data I process in the course of my practice as a barrister. It applies to you if (a) you are an individual and I have been instructed to act on your behalf (that is, you are “my client”), (b) you are a person mentioned in my case papers whether because you work for or are otherwise connected with a company, organisation or public body which has instructed me to act on its behalf or because, for example, you are a witness or are referred to in documents with which I have been supplied, (c) you are my instructing solicitor, (d) another lawyer or professional involved in a case in which I am acting, or (e) a member, pupil or employee at One Brick Court. If you are my client, you will have received a copy of this Privacy Notice when I was first instructed on your behalf.
Collection, use and reasons for processing your personal information
2. What information I obtain, and why and how I use that information, varies with the source and type of information:
Personal information where I am acting for you
2.1. If you are my client, I collect and store your personal details, other information that you have provided to me or your solicitor in connection with your case, and information about you contained in documents provided by others involved in the case, such as witnesses and opposing parties. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, receipt of documents sent by your solicitor or other lawyers involved your case, or from you directly.
Personal information of individuals who are not my client
2.2. If you are not my client, you should know that I collect and store the names, employment details and contact details of third parties with whom I deal in the course of my practice, and the personal data of individuals contained in instructions, case papers and communications in cases in which I am instructed. This information may be obtained upon receipt of instructions, upon enquiries being made about my services, through dealings with third parties concerned with my work, from you directly or from enquiries being made by me about you, your work or your services.
2.3. If you are a member of Chambers, a pupil or employee at One Brick Court, I collect, store and use your name, contact details, work done by you (if you are a pupil), and other information about you that may be contained in Chambers internal documents or that you provide to me yourself.
3. The purposes for which I process the above personal data are the provision of legal services, the administration of my practice (including my membership of One Brick Court), legal research, practice development and marketing, training and assessing pupils, training mini-pupils and work experience students, and dealing with any complaints or disputes. The processing of the above personal data is necessary for those legitimate interests. Where I process your personal data for those legitimate interests, I have taken into account your data rights and considered that they do not override my interests in relation to the data I hold and the use I make of those data.
4. I lawfully process some of the above personal data in order to be able to comply with my legal obligations, for example dealings with HMRC.
5. If your personal data reveal your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or your trade union membership, data concerning your health or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation, or data relating to your criminal convictions and offences or related security measures, I will only process those data where you have given your explicit consent, where the processing relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by you, where the processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or where the processing is otherwise permitted by law.
6. I will retain your personal data for so long as is necessary for the purposes identified above. This may vary depending on the context in which I acquired the data and the purpose for which I process those data, and, in the event of any sort of dispute for as long as is necessary to resolve it.
Security of your personal information
7. I take appropriate technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of personal information.
Sharing your personal data
8. I may disclose your personal data to third parties where it is reasonably necessary to carry out any of the purposes set out above in this Notice.
9. You may at any time:
9.1 Ask for confirmation that I am processing your personal data and request a copy.
9.2 Request the rectification of your personal data or for your data to be completed if data are incomplete.
9.3 Request that I erase your personal data.
9.4 Request that I restrict the extent of my processing of your personal data.
9.5 Request receipt of the personal data you have provided for transmission to another data controller, or request that I provide those data directly to another data controller.
9.6 Object to my processing of your personal data.
10. I will need to verify your identity before I can comply with any request.
11. I may be entitled or obliged to refuse your request or objection. If I do so, I will give you my reasons.
12. You have a right to complain about my processing of your personal data, including how I have responded to any request you’ve made about how I use your personal data, to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk and/or 0303 123 1113) the Supervisory Authority of any EU Member State.