Clare Connelly

Year of Call 2013        

Since joining Compass Chambers, Clare Connelly has developed a busy practice which includes reparation, regulatory crime, criminal trials and appeals. She has acted for both pursuer and defender in reparation cases involving medical negligence, road traffic, occupiers' liability and employers' liability. Clare is a regular contributor to CPD events on reparation, regulatory crime and human rights.

Clare was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 whilst training with Strathclyde Regional Council. From 1995 she was a lecturer, then senior lecturer in law at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely and taught in the fields of criminal law, human rights, mental health law, reparation and domestic abuse. Clare has provided expert evidence to the Scottish Government Justice Committee. In 2012 she acted as an advisor to the Ministry of Justice in Estonia. Her publications include Criminal Law 5th Edition (2013) (Edinburgh, W. Green).

Clare is the editor of Green’s Criminal Law Bulletin and Renton & Brown’s Statutory Fraud and Business Regulation.

HMA v Ward and Leyden 2015 - Junior Counsel in evidential hearing re admissibility of "bugged" conversations between co-accused in police station.

HM Advocate v Kennedy and Owen 2014 - Junior Counsel in armed robbery trial.

HM Advocate v McCurdie 2014 - unanimous acquittal of accused on charge of section 1 of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

McCaffer v Lord Advocate, PF Glasgow and Chief Constable, Police Scotland 2015 S.L.T. (Sh Ct) 44 - This reparation action sought damages for wrongful detention of the accused. The case was pled on the basis of ECHR rather than common law rights and protections. The pursuer successful argued that the common law protections of immunity from suit and requirements to show malice do not apply where damages are sought for a breach of Article 5 of the Convention.

Addison v HM Advocate [2014] HCJAC 110 - Appeal against conviction based on failure of Solicitor to offer accused option of QC representation at trial

Rondos v HM Advocate [2014] HCJAC 119 - Application for leave to appeal to Supreme Court in respect of fraud conviction. 

Kupka and Rondos v HM Advoctae [2014] HCJAC 37 - Appeal against fraud conviction.

PF v Leonardo Carbiner 2013 - Successful representation of Dentist charged with 3 counts of fraud.

PB v HMA [2013] HCJAC 139 - Appeal against extradition.


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