Claire Larton practises primarily in Criminal Law and is an established practitioner who has quickly developed a busy practice. She is a CPS panel advocate Grade 3. Claire has an excellent reputation among peers, the judiciary and solicitors for being extremely able, courteous, decisive and determined.
Claire is an experienced and accomplished jury advocate and has a strong practice in all areas including serious violence, drugs and sexual offences, kidnapping, conspiracies and robberies. She is able to read and absorb large amounts of information, explain this to clients and present and challenge complex expert evidence during trial in a clear, concise and effective manner.
Claire Larton has appeared in the Court of Appeal and has successfully appealed against sentence. She has been regularly instructed in all types of serious crime including complex, sensitive and emotionally distressing cases. She has experience in cases involving RIPA, PII, surveillance and Social Services records and is able to deal with all associated disclosure issues.
Claire has excellent communication skills and is particularly interested in cases involving children, vulnerable witnesses and defendants and those with mental health difficulties. She is also able to confidently deal with more challenging and demanding clients and welcomes instructions on cases with troubled defendants. She has an approachable, easy and friendly manner.
Claire can confidently deal with POCA and all aspects of confiscation hearings and has advised Greater Manchester Police on legal privilege during the execution of search warrants at solicitors’ premises. She is accomplished in dealing with cases before mental health tribunals with an emphasis on client care. Claire has trained senior Drug Squad officers in giving expert evidence and dealing with cross examination in the Crown Court. She has also drafted written advice on making applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and has experience of Prison Law work, as well as food hygiene, trade mark and benefit fraud offences.
Claire has represented numerous nurses at the Nursing and Midwifery Council at both the Interim Order stage and at final hearings. In only one case was impairment found but no action was taken on sanction. No nurse represented by Claire has been struck off or suspended.
Away from Court
Visiting guest lecturer for both the advanced crime and professional discipline modules on the BTPC at BPP Law School.
Trained senior Drug Squad officers in giving expert evidence and dealing with cross-examination in the Crown Court.
Advised Greater Manchester Police on legal privilege during the execution of search warrants at solicitors’ premises.
Judge and ‘coach’ for several local school and university moots and mock trial competitions.
- LL.B. (Hons)
- University of Leeds
Areas of Expertise
- Criminal Law
- Regulatory Law