Clare Leslie


Year of Call: 2002

Practice Group(s): Crime, Public & Regulatory

Portrait of Clare Leslie

BA Oxon

Practice Profile:
Clare practises in Crime and Regulatory Crime both defending and acting for non-CPS prosecution agencies.

Significant experience in complex confiscation proceedings and serious crime.

Notable Cases:
Defence Work:

Serious violence

* Presently instructed in R v S an allegation of joint enterprise Murder with firearms. [2018]

* Led Junior in R v B an allegation of joint enterprise Murder. Both youth defendants running a cut throat defence and placing reliance on principles of R v Jogee. [2017].

* Acting alone in R v Yamoah and others [2016] - an allegation of kidnap with torture.

* Represented female charged with s18 offence. She was said to have branded the penis of the complainant with a hot iron in circumstances that included reference to witchcraft (R v Alozie 2015).

Serious sexual offences

* Acting alone in R v G an allegation of sexual assault by a step father on his step daughter aged under 13. [2017]

* Acting alone in R v R an allegation of Rape. [2017]

* Acting alone in R v G a Nepalese Gurkha nurse facing an allegation of sexual assault on a patient. [2014]


* Led Junior in R v Hoque, an allegation of entering into funding arrangements for Terrorism. [2016]

Financial crime

* Instructed as led junior in ongoing confiscation proceedings (R v Onuigbo) linked to the high profile proceedings of R v Ibori. Mr Ibori was the Nigerian governor of Delta State 1999-2007 . He was convicted in 2012 of money laundering multiple millions of £ in the UK. The ongoing proceedings include serious allegations of prosecutorial negligence. The sums sought in the confiscation from Ms Obuigbo are in excess of £20 million.

* Led in 2 month fraud trial of members of the traveller community in Luton Crown Court arising out of a joint prosecution by police and Trading Standards Authorities (dealing with Consumer Protection Regulations) (R v Connors and others 2011).

* Led in a 3 month multi-million pound tax evasion trial in Maidstone arising out of the international customs and exercise operation 'Budget'; acting on behalf one of the main defendants; Confiscation proceedings that followed sought an available amount in excess of 1 million pounds and included an assertion as to hidden assets (R v Percy-Davis and others 2005, confiscation 2007).


* Led Junior in high profile case of R v Fellows (2015) charged with perverting course of justice arising from his allegation that he had been sexually assaulted by a prominent member of parliament.

* Regularly acts alone in proceedings for a wide range of criminal offences (including Fraud, Importation of Class A drugs, Firearms offences, Facilitation of illegal entry, Making of indecent pictures [All levels], Arson with intent to endanger life, s18 OAPA and Robbery).

* Appearances in Court of Appeal in respect of appeals against both Conviction and Sentence.

Prosecution Work:

Instructed in complex fraudulent benefits claim prosecutions brought by London Borough of Brent including:

* Leading Junior Counsel in large scale fraudulent claiming of benefits in excess of £100,000 (LBB v Kalloo 2011). Defendant claimed to be blind. Surveillance footage showed him driving.

* Instructed alone in multi-handed prosecution (6 defendants), confiscation proceedings to recover in excess of 1 million pounds available assets still active (LBB v Gnanaratnam 2011).

* Led Junior in a complex fraudulent benefits claim jointly prosecuted by London Borough of Brent and DWP (with losses circa £200,000 relating to Housing benefit, Council Tax, Income Support and Disability Living Allowance). Defendant claimed to be a bed-bound paraplegic. Photographs showed her holidaying around the world.

* Acting alone RSPCA prosecutions.

Further Professional Information:
Has also undertaken:
* Prison adjudications;
* Coroners Court appearances;
* Engaged with Youth Legal Roehampton.

Middle Temple Scholarships:
* Astbury Pupillage Award
* Mona de Piro Prize
* Benefactors Award
* Harmsworth Entrance Award

Two young children. So - tidying up.