Claire advises public and private sector clients across the UK and beyond on all aspects of EU public procurement law and State aid law.
Claire is an associate in our Commercial practice. She splits her time between our London office and Birmingham, where she has an established client base.
Claire acts for a range of contracting authorities and utilities advising on topics including: structuring compliant procurements to deliver their commercial objectives; dealing with changes to public contracts; applying exclusions; and defending procurement challenges. She has also acted for many entities tendering for public contracts in respect of both conveying their rights and obligations under the procurement rules and challenging procurements both formally and informally.
In addition to public procurement, Claire also provides advice to clients in receipt of EU funding concerning compliance and claw-back issues (including European Structural & Investment Funds managed by national authorities such as the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund and other funds administered centrally by the Commission). In particular, Claire has advised a number of university clients in connection with the application of the State aid rules (predominantly Research, Development & Innovation aid).
Before qualifying as a solicitor, Claire spent some 9 years with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce advising businesses in respect of bidding for multilateral aid-funded contracts with organisations including the United Nations Agencies, World Bank, Regional Development Banks and EuropeAid and led regular trade missions to key multilateral aid agency centres worldwide including New York, Geneva, Vienna, Copenhagen, Manila and Nairobi on behalf of UK Trade & Investment. Such experience enables Claire to adopt a practical and 'plain English' approach to procurement and State aid advice.