After graduating with an LLB from University College Cardiff, Claire studied at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar in 1985 as a Barrister of the Middle Temple. In 1994 she gained an LLM in commercial law at the University of Birmingham and has taught at law schools including Cardiff, Birmingham and UWE Bristol. She teaches company law and intellectual property law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is keen to promote excellence in the teaching of intellectual property.
Claire acted as consultant to the European Patent Office in the ‘Roadmap Project’ on teaching intellectual property in the Slovenian universities. On behalf of ECAP111 AUNIP, Claire drafted the Intellectual Property policy template to be used by the universities in the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She is a founder and coordinator of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network and convener of the Intellectual Property section of the Society of Legal Scholars. As Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Claire regularly participates in the Research Inspired Teaching Excellence [RITE] Programme.
Claire won a StudentshIP Enterprise Award prize of over £54,000 from the UK Intellectual Property Office with which she established the multidisciplinary PIPE Club [Patenting, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship]. She is currently undertaking a joint research project with Ian Combe into "SME leaders’ understandings of trade mark rights and their strategies used to exploit innovation" sponsored by a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant.