Claire Harmer - Partner
Claire Harmer was admitted as a solicitor in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 2001, and since qualification, has specialised in defence litigation. Post qualification, Claire gained considerable experience advising and defending local and multi-national insurers on a wide range of motor, employers and public liability claims (including industrial disease) in both the High Court and County Court.
Claire joined Carson McDowell's Litigation team as an assistant solicitor in March 2009 and was made partner in 2014. Claire now acts for a number of medical defence organisations and Lloyd’s Underwriters. Claire is a key member of a specialised unit with an exemplary track record dedicated to the specific management and cost effective administration of a wide range of mixed but primarily large loss claims.
Claire also represents a variety of healthcare professionals in a number of article 2 compliant inquests.
Although Claire primarily specialises in clinical negligence claims, she also continues to deal with EL, PL claims (including industrial disease) and marine claims to include passenger claims and cargo claims.
Claire led the team to their first recognition by Chambers UK as a recognised practitioner in the 2019 edition. In the 2021 guide, Claire is described as "brilliant - she shows lots of attention to detail and takes the initiative so we don't have to chase everything up. She is very on the ball and makes suggestions on how best to move a claim forward."
Claire is recognised as a "leading individual" by The Legal 500. She is noted for acting in a wide range of claims, with a focus on personal injury cases involving motor and work accidents, and for expertise in examining employer's and public liability. One client remarked: "Claire Harmer is knowledgeable, insightful and a top quality lawyer."