Clare is a highly respected specialist in criminal, regulatory and fraud law, perhaps best known for her work on legally and factually complex cases. For the past decade Clare has focussed on dealing with the most demanding and difficult legal cases. She has featured in the starred category of QC’s recommended for crime and fraud for the whole of that period. Formerly a member of the Attorney General’s Panel, Clare has also been concerned in a wide range of public law and due process cases both for and against the Government. Clare has been admitted in Northern Ireland and specially admitted in the courts of Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brunei, Hong Kong, Mauritius and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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Ranked in 2019 by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in:
Stars of the bar: Lauded for her “firm, clear and practical advice,” Clare Montgomery QC also receives praise for having “an exceptional ability to spot issues” and for her “brilliant strategic nous.” A star individual in both our general crime and financial crime rankings, Montgomery’s skill and expertise in criminal defence is roundly praised by her peers, of whom one says “she deserves every accolade.” Also recognised as an “international crime specialist” she frequently handles cases with complex jurisdictional elements, including extradition requests and POCA proceedings. “Clare is legendary for extradition work,” one peer remarks, while an instructing solicitor credits her with “unrivalled expertise in cross-border criminal and regulatory enforcement.” She also demonstrates a ready command of the interplay between civil and criminal law, handling fraud and public law cases and providing impeccable advice on issues relating to civil liberties and human rights. Sources are full of praise for her advocacy, describing her as “incredible to watch” and “fearless in court,” while also commending her as a silk with “an unerring eye for the detail and a reassuring client manner.”
Administration & Public Law: “Super persuasive, balanced, committed and highly intellectual.” “Her answers are as clear as you can get. She will give you a view when you really need it.”
Civil Liberties & Human Rights: “She is very decisive and practically oriented. Her legal analysis and breadth of knowledge are really impressive.”
Crime: “An amazing, go-to barrister” who is “exceptionally dedicated and hard-working.”
Extradition: “A formidable opponent who is at the top of the tree and has the respect of clients, judges and opponents.” “She combines a formidable intellect and brilliant advocacy with a highly combative style.”
Financial Crime (including Corporates): “The go-to person when there’s a significant crisis situation.” & “She is an exceptionally talented advocate who is hard-working, excellent with clients and a brilliant team leader. Her advice is clear and her approach dynamic. At trial she is very focused and excellent at looking after clients dealing with the stresses and strains of an extensive trial.”
Fraud – Civil: “An excellent technical lawyer who is also very pleasant to deal with.” “An expert in her field and a formidable advocate.”
POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture: “She is incredibly intelligent and strategically astute.” “Clare is absolutely first-class: she’s incisive, collaborative and an excellent technical lawyer who is very pleasant to deal with.”