Legal Comment: Sexual Offences (Sports Coaching) Bill 2019-20
Claire regularly advises sports professionals facing safeguarding investigations, including recent and historic allegations of alleged sexual misconduct. She combines sensitivity to the issues with the ability to give clear and decisive advice; she understands the significant impact that such investigations can have on individuals. Having trained at the criminal bar, her experience of criminal as well as professional discipline work means that she is well-placed to offer advice to both individuals and organisations in this field.
Having completed a secondment at UK-Anti Doping, Claire also advises athletes facing anti-doping proceedings and offers advice on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (‘TUEs’). Claire has represented clients at national and international levels in proceedings brought by the Rugby Football Union (‘RFU’), the Welsh Rugby Union (‘WRU’), Athletics Integrity Unit (‘AIU’) and the Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile (‘FIA’).
She is a qualified disciplinary panel member for England Netball and is on the pro bono panel for Sports Resolutions.
Claire’s practice for and on behalf of regulators involves investigating cases relating to professional misconduct, lack of competence and ill-health. She has a particular interest in cases involving clinical competence where expert evidence is required. Claire’s experience as an advocate allows her to pre-empt issues at an early stage of the investigatory process, and she is able to find pragmatic and timely solutions to potential problems.
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