Clare Jennings

Clare Jennings

Director and Head of Public Law and Community Care

E: Clare@matthewgold.co.uk

Heading up the firm’s Public Law and Community Care practice, Clare represents individuals and non-governmental organisations in public law challenges. She has a broad practice encompassing judicial review and human rights, community care, discrimination and human rights.

Clare has a particular interest and expertise in cases concerning the rights of migrant children and adults. Clare regularly acts in judicial review and human rights challenges concerning access to community care service, NHS service provision and charging decisions, student fees and loans and asylum support.

Clare has acted for Claimants challenging the regulations excluding Zambrano carers from claiming welfare benefits; judicial reviews of local authorities’ policies on child-in-need assessments and support for families with No Recourse to Public Funds, and NHS charging decisions in relation to Zambrano carers.

Clare also has specialist knowledge of acting for Claimants in judicial reviews arising out of criminal justice and policing issues, and in particular, advising clients on privacy and information rights issues in this context. Clare has acted for Claimants challenging their arrest and retention of their DNA, finger prints and personal information; security vetting and barring scheme decisions; DBS disclosure; protest cases; cautions and IPCC findings. Clare’s data protection experience, combined with her public law expertise, makes her well placed to advocate for Claimants in cases of this nature.

Clare is currently a Trustee and founding member of Project 17, a charity that works to end destitution among migrant children by providing advice and assistance on accessing support from social services.

Clare is the winner of the Children’s Rights awards in the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year awards. She is also a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 2016, where she is described as “extraordinary”.

Clare joined MG & Co in July 2013 from the Public Law Project (“PLP”), a leading legal charity and the Guardian Charity Award winner 2012. At PLP, she spent just under 2 years acting for disadvantaged individuals and groups in judicial review and human rights test cases.

Prior to this Clare spent three years in the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans LLP where she qualified as a solicitor and assisted Partners on numerous high profile public law challenges.

Clare also spent just under 3 years at the NSPCC as their Data Protection Officer, advising on all aspects of information law compliance.

Clare completed a MSc. in Political Science (International Relations) with distinction in 2005.

Clare also has a more general public law practice and has acted for clients in cases against a number of different public bodies including central government departments; the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; HMRC; local authorities; police; NHS Trusts and regulatory bodies, challenging a variety of decisions such as funding cuts decisions, closure of services and findings by the Ombudsman.

Clare Jennings

Clare Jennings

Director and Head of Public Law and Community Care

E: Clare@matthewgold.co.uk

Heading up the firm’s Public Law and Community Care practice, Clare represents individuals and non-governmental organisations in public law challenges. She has a broad practice encompassing judicial review and human rights, community care, discrimination and human rights.

Clare has a particular interest and expertise in cases concerning the rights of migrant children and adults. Clare regularly acts in judicial review and human rights challenges concerning access to community care service, NHS service provision and charging decisions, student fees and loans and asylum support.

Clare has acted for Claimants challenging the regulations excluding Zambrano carers from claiming welfare benefits; judicial reviews of local authorities’ policies on child-in-need assessments and support for families with No Recourse to Public Funds, and NHS charging decisions in relation to Zambrano carers.

Clare also has specialist knowledge of acting for Claimants in judicial reviews arising out of criminal justice and policing issues, and in particular, advising clients on privacy and information rights issues in this context. Clare has acted for Claimants challenging their arrest and retention of their DNA, finger prints and personal information; security vetting and barring scheme decisions; DBS disclosure; protest cases; cautions and IPCC findings. Clare’s data protection experience, combined with her public law expertise, makes her well placed to advocate for Claimants in cases of this nature.

Clare is currently a Trustee and founding member of Project 17, a charity that works to end destitution among migrant children by providing advice and assistance on accessing support from social services.

Clare is the winner of the Children’s Rights awards in the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year awards. She is also a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 2016, where she is described as “extraordinary”.

Clare joined MG & Co in July 2013 from the Public Law Project (“PLP”), a leading legal charity and the Guardian Charity Award winner 2012. At PLP, she spent just under 2 years acting for disadvantaged individuals and groups in judicial review and human rights test cases.

Prior to this Clare spent three years in the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans LLP where she qualified as a solicitor and assisted Partners on numerous high profile public law challenges.

Clare also spent just under 3 years at the NSPCC as their Data Protection Officer, advising on all aspects of information law compliance.

Clare completed a MSc. in Political Science (International Relations) with distinction in 2005.

Clare also has a more general public law practice and has acted for clients in cases against a number of different public bodies including central government departments; the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; HMRC; local authorities; police; NHS Trusts and regulatory bodies, challenging a variety of decisions such as funding cuts decisions, closure of services and findings by the Ombudsman.