Clare joined Chambers in October 2019 following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Nicholas Sefton and Maria Masselis.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Clare worked as a County Court Advocate for LPC Law and Kearns, undertaking civil work on both the Northern and Chester and Wales Circuits. Whilst undertaking the BPTC, Clare also worked for BPP Legal Advice Clinic and delivered presentations as part of the StreetLaw Project.

Clare has a mixed practice and accepts a broad range of instructions in Crime, Family and Civil.


Clare accepts instructions in both private and public law work and has previously represented parents, local authorities and children in care proceedings. Her care work includes finding of fact hearings, Placement Order applications and final hearings.


Clare regularly appears in the Magistrates Court and undertakes both prosecution and defence work. Clare has also appeared in the youth court and has experience undertaking hearings in the Crown Court. Clare is a category 1 Prosecutor. Clare’s work in the Crown Court includes experience in appeals against conviction and sentence and committal for sentence.

Other work

Clare has experience in appearing before the parole board and has appeared before the Special Educational Needs (SEN) First-Tier Tribunal. Clare has also appeared before The Honourable Mr Justice Cohen QC in the High Court (Family Division) during pupillage.

Clare has a personable and friendly style, is very well organised and her calm and confident approach generates trust in clients.

A and B (Children) (deaf parent: assessment and practice) (2021) EWFC 10


Reported case in the High Court – Junior Counsel for the children. Daniel Dodd leading counsel.

BPP University (BPTC) Very Competent

University of Leeds (LLB Hons) Upper Class Second

Member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Category 1 Prosecutor

Clare is recognised as ‘Up and Coming’ in the Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2023

Clare is also recommended in the Legal 500 2022 and 2023 as a Rising Star in Child Law (Public and Private) on the Wales and Chester Circuit:

“Miss Bate is a very approachable advocate who appears to deal sensitively and pragmatically with her clients.”  Legal 500 2022

‘She is very professional and provides documents, such as orders and case summaries, in a very timely fashion. Moreover, her advocacy is clear and persuasive.’ Legal 500 2023