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Claire Millns is a specialist personal injury and employment practitioner with over 16 years’ experience.
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 and mock tribunal training.
“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.”Professional Client Testimonial
Claire has considerable experience acting and advising in cases where allegations of fraud are made against one or more parties and where there are complex causation arguments. She regularly acts in in high value claims providing early advice, attending inquests and representing parties at JSM or trial.
Claire is experienced at advising both claimants and defendants regarding claims arising out of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 the Law Reform (Misc Prov) Act 1943. 2019: She is currently advising a defendant regarding an unusual claim arising out of the suicide of a driver of a vehicle following a minor road traffic accident. Whilst the defendant accepts breach of duty, causation is in dispute. Claire has provided early advice, attended a CCMC and drafted a schedule of questions for a joint experts' meeting.
Public, Product & Occupiers’ Liability
Claire has extensive experience of cases involving public liability arising out of a variety of circumstances including accidents in hotels, supermarkets, schools, 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 experience 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 advised and acted at trial in many cases arising out of the Package Travel Regulations (including cases where fraud is suspected) and the Animals Act.
Claire has advised and acted in many matters arising out of wide variety of workplace accidents. She is instructed by insurance companies as well as trade unions. She often advises at an early stage, providing advice on witness evidence and attending site visits.
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.
Claire represents both Claimants and Respondents in all aspects of employment law 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 Amazon UK Services Limited, Ineos Nitriles (UK) Limited, Cumbria County Council, Durham County Council, Durham Police, NHS Blood and Transplant, Veolia ES(UK), Nationwide Building Society, Nestle, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, North Tyneside Council, Newcastle University, Northumberland County Council, Nissan UK and Hartlepool College.
Claire enjoys presenting mock employment tribunals which she believes provide an excellent learning tool for all those who may be involved in the tribunal process. She is also happy to present in house talks and training.
A selection of Claire’s recently concluded cases are listed below.
Claire is experience of advising and acting on behalf of the defendant in respect of staged collisions, induced accidents, low speed impact (LSI) claims, bogus passenger claims and suspicious hire and storage claims.
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.
Claire regularly attends costs and case management hearings and is well versed with issues of costs budgeting for both claimants and defendants.
Claire is experienced at presenting complex costs argument at detailed assessments hearings as well as dealing with general arguments arising out of litigation funding, including Conditional Fee Agreements and Insurance premiums.
The Legal 500 2020 - Claire Millns "gets to grips with cases very quickly'
The Legal 500 2011 - Claire Millns is a ‘very solid advocate and is robust in cross examination’
LLB (Hons), University of Northumbria
Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Employment Lawyers Association; North East Medico-legal Society.