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Clare is respected for her thorough preparation and ability to engage with witnesses.

She is a persuasive jury advocate in the most sensitive of cases. Clare’s extensive criminal practice involves all areas of general crime with particular emphasis on serious

sexual offences and child cruelty. Her cases often involve multiple defendants and allegations that are historic, and involve witnesses with various vulnerabilities including

age and/or mental incapacity.


R v Williams and R v Baker (Junior defence counsel in covert operation resulting in multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs)

R v Clarke (Junior defence counsel in historic familial sexual abuse spanning 25 year period)

R v David (Junior Prosecution mentally ill mother accused of murdering her young daughter)

R v Rudall (Junior defence counsel solicitor accused of fraud)

R v Rehman (Prosecuting counsel - taxi driver who deliberately drove at a group of pedestrians, the case attracted national publicity)

R v Brook (fireman accused of 17 counts marital rape of two ex wives)

R v Harris (intruder rape of an 83 year lady)

R v Collins, O'Brien and Gauci (Prosecuting counsel - £320,000 conspiracy to defraud, forged wills)

R v Wallbank (defence counsel - sexuality activity between care worker and patient with mental disorder).

Clare has extensive experience in representing serving police officers in both criminal allegations and misconduct hearings and has successfully appeared in the Police Appeal Tribunal.


Clare is also regularly instructed by the Police Federation in inquests following deaths in custody.

Clare prosecutes on behalf of a number of local authorities in the Crown Court. Her areas of expertise include trade mark contravention, consumer protection and food safety. In addition she lectures local authorities on food safety prosecutions.

Clare is accredited by the Bar Council to undertake Direct Access work.

Clare Wilks

Clare Wilks


General crime (in particular serious sexual offences)

White-collar fraud

Disciplinary tribunals

Regulatory law (including trading standards, consumer protection and food safety)



Member of Grays Inn

CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor

Appointed to Rape Panel for Wales

Circuit Member of the Criminal Bar Association

For any enquiries, please contact the clerking team:


Phone: 02920 23 2032

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