Clare read Law at Birmingham University, graduating with a 2.1 and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1989, having been awarded the John Phillips Scholarship from the Inn. She practises in all areas of family law with a specialist interest where family and employment law matters overlap and she sits as a fee paid judge in the Employment Tribunal. She is widely known on Circuit as a “safe pair of hands”.
- Family Law Bar Association (Manchester Committee member)
- Fee Paid Employment Tribunal Judge 2003
- Appointed Person Gangmasters Licensing Authority Appeals
- Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions
Family - Children
Family (Public Law Proceedings)
Public law proceedings – care proceedings particularly involving child death cases through brain injury, drowning, shaking injuries, other “non- accidental” physical injury, burns and neglect. Sexual harm and grooming cases and emotional harm. Discharge applications, and contact to children in care applications.
Clare is instructed by Local Authorities, parents and Guardians, the Official solicitor and Cafcass Legal and can view a case from all angles to give advice on tactical approach as well as substantive law.
Cases involving child witnesses, Special Guardianship applications and disputes within the family post placement.
Foster parent regulatory disputes including the “employment” and financial aspects of the same.
Complex adoption applications including with a foreign aspect.
Secure Accommodation Orders and Surrogacy disputes.
Professional negligence claims arising from family law matters.
Cases (reported prior to the inception of the SFC)
Re D (A child) 2011 EWCA Civ 684
Re A and D (Children: Religious Upbringing) 2011 1 FLR 615
Re N (Recognition of Foreign Adoption Order) 2009 EWHC B29 Fam
Lancashire CC v D and E (2008) EWHC 832 Fam
Cases (anonymised in part due to their sensitivity)
Wigan Borough Council v Fisher & Ors (Rev 1)  EWFC 34 (21 April 2015): A fact finding hearing in respect of the death of a baby who had been shaken
Case A (unreported): Clare was instructed for a father whose baby suffered an alleged head injury, whilst in the care of his mother and father, HHJ Allweis returned the baby to their care after a contested hearing. The LA opposed the return.
Wigan Borough Council v Fisher & Ors  EWHC 3770 (FAM): Clare Grundy and Fran Heaton QC acted for the Local Authority in respect of a care order for a three-year-old child following the death of her baby sister from serious injuries. Justice Peter Jackson deferred a decision on the publication of the fact-finding judgment to avoid the risk of prejudice to the criminal proceedings. He has now given leave for the judgment to be published. Click here to read.
Family (Private Law Proceedings)
Private law Child arrangement order applications including shared parenting and removal from the jurisdiction cases and intractable contact disputes including parental alienation cases and cases where mental capacity may be relevant.
Case A (unreported): Instructed by Premiership footballer in difficult Child Arrangements application.
Re T (Children)  EWFC B116 13 August 2014: The Circuit Judge described Clare’s submissions as “extremely helpful” and that she put her case “with admirable clarity”. The proceedings concerned a sibling contact application where the LA had not taken care proceedings but where the young adult child was in hospital and matters were particularly protracted.Book BarristerBack to top
Family - Finance
Ancillary relief especially in cases which overlap with the employment field, and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 applications.
Recent cases include asset portfolio over £4million in properties, company and pension after medium length marriage with children, conduct issues and fair division.
Short marriage no children capital being sought by wife claiming concluded agreement.Book BarristerBack to top
Court of Protection
Cases involving capacity assessments, family disputes regarding the welfare, property and financial affairs and care of vulnerable adults.
Recent cases include warring siblings disputing the correct care for their mother.
Local Authority review of Care Home Manager’s care of vulnerable patients.
Re K (A child) (Secure Accommodation Order: Right to Liberty) 2001 1 FLR 249 Re L (Minors) (Document: Non – Party Disclosure) 1995 2 FCR 12Book BarristerBack to top
Clare is accredited for Direct Public Access instructions by the Bar Council and has advised and represented a number of individuals on this basis. She accepts instructions on this basis in Financial matters on divorce and in the Child Support Appeals Tribunal, and the Single Family Court – private law disputes regarding child arrangements.Book BarristerBack to top