Claire Brocklebank

Year of Call: 2014


University of York: BA (Hons) in Philosophy (First Class)

College of Law, Manchester: Graduate Diploma in Law

BPP Law School, Manchester: Bar Professional Training Course
  -  York Townswomen’s Prize
  -  Dickinson Dees Mooting Shield
  -  College of Law Gold Award
  -  Sir Thomas More Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  -  Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

Professional Memberships

Northern Circuit

Claire specialises in all aspects of criminal law and accepts instructions for both prosecution and defence in the Crown Court and magistrates’ court.

Claire appears regularly at the Crown Court defending trials involving burglary, theft, affray, assault, weapons and road traffic offences. Claire is a Category 1 advocate and regularly appears to prosecute sentences, PTPHs, mentions and appeals against conviction and sentence. 

At the Magistrates Court she represents defendants from first appearance to trial. She regularly represents defendants charged with road traffic offences, at trial and exceptional hardship hearings.

Claire has appeared for HMRC and NCA in forfeiture proceedings and has appeared for the local authority and Trading Standards at the Magistrates and Crown Court. She has also undertaken advisory work for HMRC.

Claire completed pupillage in 2016 having been under the supervision of Adam Lodge.

Claire takes a thorough and forward-thinking approach to cases, seeking to identify and resolve issues as early as possible. She prides herself on her thorough legal research and submissions. She is confident and personable.

Claire was called to the Bar in 2014. Prior to pupillage she worked as a County Court Advocate, representing parties in mortgage possessions and enforcement proceedings. She progressed to representing parties in personal injury and contractual matters including infant settlements, disposal hearings and small claims.

Claire invites instructions in the field of criminal law for both prosecution and defence.

View Notable Cases


Crown Court

R v Mahmood – successfully prosecuted a shopkeeper charged with selling counterfeit cigarettes, supplying cannabis and handling stolen goods

R v O’Brien – successfully defended a burglary trial in which the defendant was identified round the corner from the property.

R v S – defended a youth who charged with being the leader of a prison riot. Agreed a plea to a violent disorder resulting in a 9 month sentence.

R v Taylor – successfully defended a trial regarding dangerous driving, with three eye witnesses

R v Hussain – successfully made a half-time submission in a case of Affray which resulted in acquittals for all three defendants.

R v H – successfully defended a section 47 assault trial involving identification

R v White – defendant charged with aggravated burglary, pleaded to simple burglary and possession a bladed article and received a suspended sentence

Magistrates Court

R v Youssef – … successfully prosecuted a shopkeeper charged with fraudulently evading duty

R v A – instructed to defend a youth charged with section 18 and robbery. Persuaded crown to offer no evidence, relying on joint enterprise principles.







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