Claire Wiggett

"seldom have I met someone so professional and have the obvious ability to get to grips with the situation in hand at initial meeting stage."

Claire Wiggett

Barrister, Head of Crime Department

Claire is a Barrister and the head of our Criminal Defence team, she joined Eric Robinson Solicitors in June 2017 and works across all our regional offices.

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2008. Her career started as an Accredited Representative in 2005, representing those detained at police stations across West London and the South. Having obtained her Higher Rights she is able to offer representation at any stage in a criminal case, whether the first police interview or trial at the Crown Court. Claire cross-qualified and joined the Bar in 2017. She has successfully defended those accused of all manner of offences including serious assaults, sexual offences, burglary and drugs offences. She has also specialised in representing those with mental health difficulties

Recent cases:

R v B Southampton Crown Court: theft. Not guilty
R v B Winchester Crown Court: burglary x 2 – jury discharged after successful submission at half time that there was no case to answer
R v S Winchester Crown Court: rape. Not guilty
R v H Winchester Crown Court: serious assault in a road rage incident. Not guilty
R v E Central Criminal Court: rape. Not guilty
R v B Salisbury Crown Court: benefit fraud. Not guilty
R v K Aldershot Magistrates Court: successful hardship claim for motoring client to retain driving licence
R v T Winchester Crown Court: violent behaviour with a knife. Not guilty
R v C Court of Appeal: Leave to appeal sentence granted in a large drugs conspiracy
R v F Kingston Crown Court: Defendant accused of two night burglaries of a pub from where he had just been sacked. Not guilty
R v C Southampton Youth court: Defendant accused of common assault. Not guilty
R v M Kingston Crown Court: Defendant accused of aggravated burglary namely breaking into a flat with another and attacking the residents with baseball bats in order to steal drugs. Not guilty
R v Z Southwark Crown Court: Defendant a polish national accused of human trafficking. Not guilty
R v J Croydon Crown Court: s18 assault causing serious injury with a glass bottle. Not guilty
R v B Central Criminal Court: Defendant accused of arson being reckless as to the endangerment of life. The defendant was alleged to have been part of a group who maliciously set fire to a jointly occupied dwelling whilst residents were asleep. Not guilty
R v C Blackfriars Crown Court: a young man of good character accused of burglary at a public house and assault on a member of doorstaff was unanimously acquitted of all charges
R v B Central Criminal Court: elderly female defendant accused of arson with intent to endanger life. Her landlord accused her of setting fire to his carpet whilst he slept. Not guilty
R v E Snaresbrook Crown Court: a teaching assistant accused of sexually assaulting a female student. Jury directed to return a verdict of Not Guilty after the successful cross examination of the complainant caused the CPS to withdraw the prosecution