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Claire Millns

Called 2001

Claire Millns is a specialist personal injury and employment practitioner with over 15 years’ experience .

  • “Claire Millns is a very solid advocate and is robust in cross examination.” (The Legal 500)
  • “Claire Millns was extremely helpful, approachable and responsive throughout the case... the client was delighted with her advocacy style and the successful outcome.” (Instructing solicitor)
  • “Claire’s calm logic and advice kept us both sane during what were some fairly stressful times and I am very grateful for her input and her skilled performance. We will certainly continue to recommend her to all who need employment counsel.” (Lay client)
  • “She has a wonderfully balanced manner when representing our clients in Tribunal, convivial and engaging and not over-bearing or domineering but can quickly become equally robust and incisive with witnesses when required…she is a top-class communicator both with clients in conference and with all parties in Tribunal and we are always happy when we can instruct her knowing our clients are in safe hands.” (HR professional)

 Claire is qualified to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis. She regularly attends drafting days at solicitors' offices and is happy to provide in house talks.

“She has a wonderfully balanced manner when representing our clients in Tribunal, convivial and engaging and not over-bearing or domineering but can quickly become equally robust and incisive with witnesses when required…she is a top-class communicator both with clients in conference and with all parties and we are always happy when we can instruct her knowing our clients are in safe hands.”

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Areas of Expertise
Costs & Litigation
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Claire is experienced at dealing with the following:

  • Costs and Case Management Hearings
  • Detailed Assesment of Costs hearings
  • General arguments arising out of litigation funding, including Conditional Fee Agreements and Insurance premiums
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Claire represents both Claimants and Respondents in all aspects of employment work and has particular expertise in employment issues arising out of healthcare and education. Claire acts for local authorities, NHS Trusts, large commercial employers as well as various trade unions and their members.

She is able to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.

Claire’s clients include Four Seasons Healthcare Limited, Ineos Nitriles (UK) Limited, Cumbria County Council, NHS Blood and Transplant, Veolia ES(UK), Nationwide Building Society, Nestle, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside Council, Newcastle University,  Northumberland County Council , the Royal College of Nursing and Hartlepool College.

Claire is widely experienced in all areas of employment law, including:

  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • TUPE
  • Breach of Contract
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Victimisation
  • Redundancy (individual and collective)
  • All areas of discrimination, including: sex, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, and disability.

Claire is happy to provide in house training and seminars and particularly enjoys presenting mock employment tribunals.

 A selection of Claire’s recently concluded cases are listed below.

  • Advised a multi national employer regarding a claim of constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination (November 2018).
  • 12 day ET (October 2018) representing a local authority in respect of complex claims by two employees alleging sham redundancy, age and disability discrimination and whistleblowing of corruption at senior executive level.
  • 8 day ET (August 2018) representing large mental health trust and one other regarding over 25 allegations of race and disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Whether C was disabled and whether claims presented in time also in issue.
  • ET representing a Bar Manager in respect of his claim for constructive unfair dismissal (2018). 
  • Advised a Multi Academy Trust regarding claims of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination arising from a voice loss condition of a former employee. Provided written advice, attended case management hearing and Judicial Mediation (February 2018). 
  • Advised a Police Authority in respect of a reasonable adjustment and S15. claim in respect of an employee with a back condition. Drafted ET3 and advised in conference (2018).
  • Judicial Mediation on behalf of a firm of Architects regarding claims of disability discrimination (2017). 
  • 5 day ET representing a Claimant government employee in claim of unfair dismissal regarding alleged improper use of a computer database (2017).
  • 4 day ET representing a Claimant teacher regarding a claim of pregnancy discrimination (2017).
  • 4 day ET representing a Claimant teacher regarding refusal of a part time work request (2017).
  • Instructed to advise a high earning employee regarding claim of unfair dismissal following an alleged sham redundancy procedure and sex discrimination prior to a 7 day hearing (2017).
  • 7 day ET representing a Sixth Form College and two further respondents regarding allegations of discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and entitlement ot a contractual bonus.  
  • 3 day ET representing a global petrochemicals manufacturer in a unfair dismissal claim following a serious “near miss” incident at a production plant.
  • Successfully represented a large food industry employer in a strike out application involving a claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
  • Advised a north east businessman on the enforceability of restrictive covenants in his contract of employment and share sale agreements prior to him starting a new venture
  • Represented local authority in 4 day claim arising out of redundancy exercise. Complaints of age discrimination were dismissed.
  • Advised and represented a university in respect of claims of automatically unfair dismissal on grounds of disability. Complex arguments arose in relation to mental illness, alcoholism and the definition of disability.
  • Represented a local authority in a claim involving disability discrimination arising out of employment within childrens’ services.
  • Successfully represented a national cleaning company in a 3 day hearing in a claim of disability discrimination.
  • Represented an NHS Trust in a strike out application in respect of claims of disability discrimination and victimisation.
  • Represented a national care home provider in a 6 day hearing involving allegations of sex discrimination, harassment and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Represented a local authority in relation to claims of unfair dismissal and age discrimination arising out of expiry of a fixed term contract. Issues on remedy included C’s claim for reinstatement.
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Motor Fraud

Claire has experience of advising and acting in respect of staged collisions, induced accidents, low speed impact (LSI) claims, bogus passenger claims and suspicious hire and storage claims.

Credit Hire

Claire has appeared in numerous multi and fast track trials with significant credit hire claims predominantly on behalf of defendants. She is very familiar with the arguments regarding enforceability, need and basic hire rates.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Claire advises in a broad range of personal injury litigation acting for both Claimants and Defendants. She is happy to consider work on a conditional fee basis.

Road Traffic Accidents

Claire acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in fast and multi-track claims arising out of road traffic accidents. She has considerable experience acting on behalf of Claimants and Defendants where allegations of fraud are made against one or more parties and in cases where there are complex causation arguments. She has advised in high value claims arising out of fatal road traffic accidents, including early advice and attendance at inquests through to JSM or settlement or trial.

Public, Product & Occupiers’ Liability

Claire has extensive experience of cases involving public liability arising out of a variety of circumstances. Cases include: accidents in hotels, supermarkets, schools, children’s nurseries as well as sports centres, shopping centres and hospitals. Claire has considerable experience of highway “tripping” accidents, having represented both local authorities and Claimants in many trials over the years. Claire has represented both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of product liability cases, from collapsing dart board sets and contaminated ready meals, to food poisoning outbreaks and defective bicycles.  Claire has extensive experience and interest in claims involving children, the vulnerable and the elderly.  She has also advised in many cases arising out of the Package Travel Regulations and the Animals Act.

Employers’ Liability

Claire acts for Claimants and Defendants in claims arising out of a wide variety of workplace accidents. She is instructed by insurance companies and trade unions. She often instructed at an early stage in order to provide advice on witness evidence and attend site visits. Claire has experience of dealing with claims arising not only out of serious workplace accidents but also assault in the workplace, acting for Claimants and Defendants.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals

Claire has acted for claimants in a variety of complex cases involving both eligibility and quantum. A number of those cases have involved subtle brain injury arising from assault which have lead to the recovery of substantial awards.


Claire has experience of acting for families and other interested parties in multi day inquests. Claire has attended many inquests arising out of road traffic accidents and workplace accidents, representing the families of deceased as well as insurance companies.


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The Legal 500 2011 - Claire Millns is a ‘very solid advocate and is robust in cross examination’

Personal Details

LLB (Hons), University of Northumbria

Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Employment Lawyers Association; North East Medico-legal Society.

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