Clare Hennessy is a barrister at 18 Red Lion Court. Clare appears in courts across the South Eastern circuit, both prosecuting and defending. She has had a wide variety of trial experience, in both the Crown and Magistrates’ courts.
Clare is often instructed to defend in cases such as robbery, burglary and domestic violence. Clare has also represented clients charged with sexual offences, benefit fraud and s 20 GBH. Clare has experience of handling vulnerable defendants and witnesses, such as children and those with mental health problems.
In addition to defence work, Clare regularly appears on behalf of the prosecution, including the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Work and Pensions and the National Probation Service. Clare has been instructed by the prosecution in relation to offences of dishonesty, Class A to C drug offences (importation and distribution) and violent offences.
Clare has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal. She was successful in arguing that the immediate destruction order passed by the Crown Court regarding a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, under s 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1993, be replaced with a contingent one.
Between October and December 2010 Clare completed a ten week secondment at the Financial Services Authority, working as part of the disclosure team in a mulit-handed insider dealing case. As such Clare is well versed in rules under CPIA.
Clare is often instructed in relation to driving matters, in both the Magistrates’ and Crown courts, and has a thorough knowledge of the rules relating to evidence and procedure in this area. Clare has successfully represented defendant’s at the Magistrates’ court and won in appeals against conviction and sentence.