Claire Harden-Frost

Call: 2000

"A very effective, no nonsense-style barrister"

Chambers UK 2021

Claire is an experienced barrister who is skilled at prosecuting and defending serious and complex cases.

Claire is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor who has been appointed to the specialist rape panel for many years, she is a grade 4 specialist serious and organised crime prosecutor and a grade 4 specialist fraud prosecutor.  Claire has also been appointed to List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates instructed by the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Office of Rail and Road, the Care Quality Commission and the Office for Nuclear Regulation at Grade A.

Claire is adept at prosecuting and defending road traffic offences including incidents where death and serious injury have occurred, she is instructed by the CPS and Solicitors acting through legal aid or through Insurers.

Claire also prosecutes for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and is instructed by the Metropolitan Police in connection with the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Expertise

Claire has prosecuted and defended in fraud cases for over two decades. In that time her instructions have ranged from individuals accused of benefit frauds up to multi-million-pound tax benefit and confidence frauds.  Examples of recent cases where she has acted as leading junior are:

Notable Fraud cases


R v I.O and Others (2020-22)

Appearing for Prosecution in this Modern Slavery Act / Fraud prosecution. The nine defendants are charged with using vulnerable children in conspiracies targeting branches of Tesco’s PLC and Boots the Chemists PLC nationwide.

R v ST (2018)

Successful prosecution of defendant accused of controlling cannabis factories. Seizure of assets which were the proceeds of crime. The Court sentenced ST to over 9 years imprisonment and in a legal first police seized the defendant’s bitcoin allowing the Judge to make a confiscation order in the sum of £1.4million.

R v DR and JA (2018)

Claire prosecuted these defendants who committed frauds on IT providers. They obtained millions of pounds worth of computer equipment by posing as members of reputable companies. Once delivered the hardware disappeared. Both defendants were convicted and sentenced to substantial custodial sentences.

R v RM and others (2017)

Claire prosecuted this multi handed case where the defendants were accused of conspiracy to defraud. A fraudulent webpage was set up claiming to offer accommodation for students and those travelling overseas. Those engaged in the fraud took the victims money and then laundered it. All of the defendants were convicted after a trial.

Claire has prosecuted a substantial amount of Modern Slavery Act offences she also prosecutes county lines drugs cases and firearms cases.  Examples of recent cases where she has acted as leading junior include:

These defendants were engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the unlawful entry into the UK of young men and children from Vietnam.  The conspirators brought the victims to the UK in a small inflatable boat.  The vessel was in a dangerous condition and the victims were not provided with warm clothing or life jackets.  All three defendants were convicted at trial and sentenced to substantial periods of imprisonment.  Claire led Thom Dyke in this case.

Notable Serious and Organised Crime cases


R v ML and Others (2021-22)

Claire is appearing for the Prosecution in this multi-handed conspiracy to traffick women for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

R v ID, ID and CM (2020-21) 

Claire successfully prosecuted the first two defendants who were part of an international conspiracy to traffick a woman for sexual exploitation and hold her in servitude.  She is currently prosecuting the third following successful extradition proceedings.

R v CK, JD and HD (2019 – 2021)

These defendants were engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the unlawful entry into the UK of young men and children from Vietnam. The conspirators brought the victims to the UK in a small inflatable boat. The vessel was in a dangerous condition and the victims were not provided with warm clothing or life jackets. All three defendants were convicted at trial and sentenced to substantial periods of imprisonment. Claire led Thom Dyke in this case.

As well as prosecuting offences of serious violence such as attempted murder, Claire has prosecuted and defended in sex offence cases for over two decades.  She has particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable witnesses and has conducted many s.28 (pre-recorded cross examination) cases.  Examples of this work include:

Notable General Crime cases


R v A. Minor (2021)

Prosecution of 15-year-old who perpetrated a series of stranger attacks on schoolgirls in the Thornton Heath area over the period of a year. Defendant convicted of all attacks.

R v DE and LE (2021)

Claire appeared for the Prosecution in proceedings against these two defendants for offences including multiple rapes of a child under 13 and intercourse with a canine. The defendants were convicted of all charges.

R v ST (2021)

Claire is prosecuting this sexual offence case against a care worker accused of abusing a clinically vulnerable and terminally ill complainant. The case involves use of s.28 (pre-recorded cross examination)

R v MH (2021)

Claire successfully prosecuted this defendant who was sentence to life imprisonment for attempting to murder his partner. The defendant slit his partner’s throat and left her to die.

R v TV and CS (2020)

Claire appeared as junior counsel led by Tom Little QC in this prosecution of two defendants for causing the death of a child following the death of their month-old baby. The defendants were convicted and sentenced to substantial terms of imprisonment.

Claire has appeared in numerous health and safety cases.  She prosecutes and defends individuals and companies accused of offences contrary to the HSWA.  Examples include:

Notable Health and Safety cases


HSE v London Borough of Waltham Forest

HSE v London Borough of Waltham Forest – The defendant was convicted of breaching s.2 and s.3 HSWA and contravening the Control of Asbestos Regulations arising from exposure of persons to asbestos in the Town Hall over a 10- year period

HSE v Balfour Beatty

The defendant was convicted of breaching s. 2 and s.3 HSWA after the death of a worker engaged in repairing damage to the central reservation on the A2 who was hit by crane boom arm. Defendant fined £1million.

HSE v Apollo

Claire prosecuted the defendant company at the Central Criminal Court who were accused of breaching s.3 of HSWA after tenants suffered carbon monoxide poisoning during construction work on flats. The Defendant was convicted after trial and fined.

Recent News

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. To see my privacy notice click here.

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

"A strong and fair prosecutor"

Chambers UK 2021

"She has excellent judgement"

Legal 500 2021

"Counsel of choice for the most sensitive cases."

Legal 500 2020

"A formidable opponent."

Legal 500 2020

"A very effective, no-nonsense-style barrister" whose "judgement is exceptional." "A strong and fair prosecutor, she presents matters exquisitely."

Chambers UK Crime 2021

"She has excellent judgement, strong independence of mind, and a willingness to speak out and challenge others – be that judges, opponents, or others connected to a case. She demonstrates sound legal judgement as well as pragmatism which is an effective combination."

Legal 500 Crime 2021

"She has strong independence of mind"

Legal 500 Health and Safety 2021

"Tough and empathetic which makes her counsel of choice for the most sensitive cases."

Legal 500 Crime 2020

"Her calm demeanour and natural authority make her a formidable opponent."

Legal 500 Health and Safety 2020

"A great communicator who is tenacious, composed and passionate for successful outcomes."

Legal 500 Crime 2019

"A meticulous, knowledgeable and very persuasive advocate."

Legal 500 Health and Safety 2019

Portfolio Builder

Select the practice areas that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Portfolio
Title Type CV Email

Remove All

Download


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)