Claire Burtwistle

Claire is experienced in dealing with a wide range of matters including serious violence, dishonesty, drugs and sexual offences. Her practice is increasingly focused on fraud and confiscation proceedings. She has knowledge beyond her call of white-collar crime, including complex, multi-jurisdictional disclosure matters, cases involving technical expert evidence and ancillary orders. She acts alone and as a led junior.

Claire has recently completed a secondment at a leading solicitors firm. She acted for the first of six defendants in a $100 million international fraud, prosecuted by the SFO. The investigation involved extradition and mutual legal assistance, as well as PII and complicated disclosure issues. Whilst on secondment, Claire dealt with money laundering, market manipulation, insider trading, restraint, forfeiture and asset recovery. She gained experience of applications for Company Directors Disqualification Orders and Serious Crime Prevention Orders.

Claire is regularly instructed to prosecute cases brought by local authorities. These include cases brought under the Social Security Administration Act 1992, Protection from Eviction Act 1977, Licensing Act 2003, Trademark Counterfeiting Act 1984 and the consequential proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She also prosecutes crime and confiscation matters for the CPS. She is a Grade 1 CPS prosecutor.

Claire accepts instructions in serious, complex cases in the youth and magistrates’ court, including confiscation enforcement, ASBO applications, RSPCA prosecutions and privately funded motoring cases. She represents prisoners at adjudications before the Independent Adjudicator.

Claire is known for her clear, straightforward advice. Her approachable manner, careful case preparation and persuasive advocacy make her popular with solicitors and clients alike. She has a well-deserved reputation for being very good with clients with mental health issues, youths, and professional people.

Recent notable cases

R v Purcell, 2013 (defence, possession of false ID documents with intent and obtaining false ID documents by deception, case involved European Arrest Warrant, guilty plea, awaiting sentence)

London Borough of Southwark v Albert Adu-Boateng, 2013 (prosecution, Operation Bronze, using fraudulent documents for homelessness application, case dated back nearly 10 years, guilty plea during trial)

R v Khan, 2013 (defence, client was a professional man caught “red handed” committing a dwelling burglary with two others, sentenced to a community order)

R v Shaikh, 2013 (defence, harassment, client was a medical professional, successful submis-sion of no case to answer after 7 days of prosecution evidence, linked employment tribunal, defamation proceedings and regulatory investigation)

R v Cisse, 2013 (defence, client caught on CCTV in a group committing two “steaming” robberies in Carphone Warehouse shops, guilty plea, sentenced to a suspended sentence)

R v G, 2013 (defence, secondment, 4 month trial, $100 million boiler room fraud – see above)

R v DM and others, 2012 (defence, arson, 8 week trial, prosecution arising out of a string of offences which culminated in £4 million of damage to the M1 motorway, 10 young defendants, cut throat defences). Led by Daniel Murray.

R v Crockford, 2012 (defence, £130,000 fraud by abuse of position, client was a female accountant with mental health conditions, subsequent confiscation proceedings)

R v Gibson, 2012 (defence, £45,000 benefit fraud, female defendant aged 69, complicated case with international banking element and pressure falling short of duress)

London Borough of Southwark v Williams, 2012 (prosecution, £60,000 benefit fraud and subsequent confiscation proceedings.

Memberships
  • Middle Temple;
  • Criminal Bar Association;
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association;
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association;
  • Female Fraud Forum;
  • South Eastern Circuit.
Education
  • University of London (2007, LLM Law)
  • University College London (2006, LLB Law)
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