Claire Anderson is a junior criminal practitioner, who prosecutes and defends.  She is known for her thorough preparation and friendly, common sense approach to her cases.

She acts on behalf of a variety of agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, HMRC, the DWP, the Probation Service and the Environment Agency.

Claire has experience of being a ‘led-junior’ in a number of high-profile cases, including R v S (Prosecution junior in a six-week multi-handed trial involving sexual allegations against vulnerable women) and R v M (Defence junior in a murder/ conspiracy to commit GBH).

She has also acted as independent counsel in HMRC investigations and as a disclosure junior on numerous occasions. Claire has extensive experience of the disclosure regime in criminal cases, in particular of highly sensitive material, including those covering Covert Human Intelligence Sources.


Claire has appeared in the Youth and Magistrates’ Court although her practice is predominantly prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. She is a CPS Level 3 prosecutor with an established Crown Court practice. She has experience in a variety of offences including dishonesty and drugs offences, to sexual offending and violent offences including GBH and murder.

Notable Cases

  • R v MM, AV & MM (2018)

    Prosecuted a 3 handed conspiracy to supply Class B drugs case, that was the work of the NCA & various police forces

  • R v GS (2018)

    Successfully defended GS, who was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine.

  • R v DA & ZA (2019) (Led Brief)

    Prosecution junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply cannabis case.

  • R v OS (2018) (Led brief)

    Prosecution junior in a six-week multi-handed trial involving sexual allegations against vulnerable women.

  • R v MA (2018) (Led Brief)

    Prosecution junior in a trial where numerous vulnerable women had made sexual allegations against their landlord.

  • R v LM (2017) (Led Brief)

    Defence junior representing the interests of LM, who was charged with conspiracy to commit GBH. It was alleged that she had asked family members to assault her partner. Her partner then died as a result of the assault.

  • R v SO (2017) (Led Brief)

    Defence junior in a long-running multi-handed case where numerous males were accused of committing various offences on young, vulnerable women.These cases were reported nationally as ‘Operation Sanctuary’. SO was acquitted of the sexual offences.

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • CPS Level 3 Prosecutor
  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Middle Temple


  • LLB Barristers Exempting- Northumbria University (2011)
  • NCFE Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness (2014)
  • Linda Sykes Memorial Prize (2011)
  • Middle Temple Honour Roll (2011)

Publications & Speaking

On behalf of Chambers, Claire has assisted in the presentation of seminars for local solicitors.

She is an associate lecturer at Northumbria University, teaching on the LLB and BPTC modules.

For a number of years, she has also attended local schools in order to assist them in preparing for the National Mock Schools Competition, ran by the Citizenship Foundation.

Claire was part of a working group that contributed towards the Rivlin Report in 2015. She is currently part of a CBA working group examining the Criminal Justice System.

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