Clare Mackay

Clare Mackay

A dispute resolution specialist with expertise in litigation mediation and arbitration.
Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team
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Previously working for a City of London law firm gave me an excellent foundation in litigation and dispute resolution, something I’m delighted to have built on over the last 15 years of my career.

I bring extensive experience to contract disputes, including allegations of breach, termination and misrepresentation.

I advise individuals as well, and have particular experience in professional negligence claims, predominantly against solicitors. I also regularly advise on probate and inheritance disputes.

I have a particular interest in education law, where I advise schools and universities on sensitive issues including withdrawals and exclusions of pupils, bullying, discrimination and the recovery of unpaid fees. My education work also includes advice to parents on issues such as appeals against school admissions and pupil exclusions.


  • Experience in advising companies in the defence of prosecutions brought in the criminal courts; concerning both consumer protection and health and safety at work
  • Heaton and others v Axa Equity & Law Life Assurance Society and others [2002] 2 All ER 961 (acting for Axa)
  • Silven Properties and another v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and others [2004] 4 All ER 484 (acting for RBS)
  • Thomson v Christie Manson & Woods Limited and others [2005] EWCA Civ 555 (acting for the Marquess of Cholmondeley)
  • In working closely with specialist barristers who assist with gathering evidence to substantiate defence and minimise damage to a defendant's reputation


  • Qualified in 1998
  • Formerly with Pinsent Curtis (now Pinsent Masons) and Lawrence Graham (Now Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co)
  • Member of the Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Won annual Law Society Award for achieving highest Legal Practice Course score
  • Won Birmingham Law Society Gold Medal for Legal Practice Course results
  • Was a Governor at Crabtree Infants School in Harpenden for 4 years
  • Trustee and member of the Parochial Church Council
  • Speaks basic French

Clare managed to give me this great confidence and trust that really brought closure to my case
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School Admission Appeals – Top 10 Tips

Here are our top tips for dealing with school admission appeals from Associate Clare Mackay

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Finding the needle in the haystack - changes ahead for disclosure in civil proceedings

Clare Mackay runs through the proposed changes ahead for disclosure in civil proceedings.

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Early intervention is key

Clare Mackay writes for Teaching Times about the issues that might arise by excluding pupils with mental health conditions

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Study links schools exclusion to long-term mental health problems

Associate in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team, Clare Mackay comments in Education Executive on new research showing that…

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"My Favourite career moment is a 3 week trial involving more legal issues than a contract law exam and a total of 8 expert witnesses."
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Why should you mediate (and what happens if you don’t)?

A mediation is essentially a without prejudice meeting attended by the parties, their lawyers and an independent and neutral mediator.

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"I chose law because of a faulty walkman that put me on a consumer rights warpath!"
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Contract terms and bad bargains – goodbye to commercial common sense?

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have shown a marked shift away from the Court stepping in to achieve a result that reflects commercial common sense.The…

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Top Tips for the stages of a fraud investigation

Assemble your team – keep it small and on a “need to know” basis. Appoint people unconnected and independent of the suspected fraudster. Instruct lawyers…

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"If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a florist"
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