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Clare Brereton

Partner

Clare “embodies the approach of the firm – she has outstanding client management skills and is a heavyweight litigator.” Chambers UK 2024

Clare’s practice focuses on matters involving whistleblowing, stress at work, permanent health insurance and disability discrimination in addition to the full range of employment matters. Praised by The Legal 500 UK as having “outstanding client management skills, and serious litigation nous,” Clare has recently advised a number of clients who suffer from mental health conditions and have experienced difficulties in the workplace.

Clare is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 UK 2024 and Up and Coming in Chambers UK 2024, with the publication stating, “Clare is superb; she is incredibly calm in a crisis to get a client out of a hole and is a master tactician.”

When settlements cannot be achieved, Clare has significant experience in representing clients in Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court litigation. Between 2021 and 2024 she has advised clients in Employment Tribunal claims for ordinary unfair dismissal, automatic unfair dismissal due to whistleblowing, whistleblowing detriment, race discrimination, disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation. She has also represented clients in High Court claims for breach of contract and personal injury. She is currently acting for a number of clients in high value Employment Tribunal and High Court claims. Most recently, Clare was a key member of the team acting for Tony Danker in his dispute with the CBI. The former director-general brought legal action against the CBI over its handling of his dismissal following complaints about workplace misconduct. The case was reported extensively on numerous media channels, including being lead story on the BBC.

Outside of litigation, Clare provides practical and commercial advice on a wide range of workplace issues. The processes can often lead to negotiated exits which Clare has frequently advised on, in relation to both the legal and practical issues arising when employment is terminated.

Clare has a valued group of employer clients. She provides regular advice to these businesses on all HR and employment related matters, including performance issues, disciplinary and grievance matters, sickness absence, redundancy processes and enforcing post-termination restrictions. Her advice takes account of both the legal and commercial considerations of each matter and clients value her pragmatic approach.

Chambers UK quotes the following feedback:

“She has an outstanding work ethic, she is responsive, she has seemingly limitless reserves of patience and she exhibits sensitivity to the impact of challenging litigation on her clients.”

“She has years of experience under her belt, she is very impressive in cases with a mental health element and she is very good with clients.”

“Working with Clare was an absolute pleasure. Her empathy and commercial excellence are second to none, and I always felt in good hands.”

Clients have said:

“Thank you for all your counsel, the outcome is a testament to your firm’s hard work and in particular Clare’s determination and effort. I am utterly grateful to your team.”

“Clare’s client handling skills are first-rate, combining not just technical nous but also strong emotional intelligence … [her] technical experience and situational awareness are similarly impressive.”

Clare is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and sits on the Pro Bono Committee.

Clare also volunteers for Rights of Women’s Sexual Harassment at Work Helpline on a monthly basis, where she provides confidential advice to women experiencing sexual harassment at work.

Outside of work, Clare relaxes by running and practicing yoga. She also enjoys travelling and watching speedway – her team, the Workington Comets, won the treble in 2018 and she was pleased to be at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester when Great Britain won the Speedway of Nations (world cup) in October 2021.

Clare was admitted as a solicitor in October 2014.

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