Clare Dwyer is a commercial litigator, described by Chambers & Partners in 2014 as ‘very bright, very able, and very approachable’, with ‘particular expertise in public procurement litigation’. She has been involved in several high-profile cases in this field, including two widely reported Northern Ireland cases, Henry Bros v. Department of Education and Mclaughlin & Harvey v. Department of Finance and Personnel. She regularly advises on procurement challenges, both for and against public authorities.
She is a member of the Procurement Lawyers’ Association (PLA). She was involved in drafting the PLA response to the government consultation on shortening limitation periods for public procurement claims, and in the drafting of the proposed litigation protocol for public procurement claims. She also trains clients in dealing with problems arising from the conduct of public procurement processes, and other issues of public law such as human rights.
Mrs Dwyer deals with a wide range of other disputes, from multi-million pound warranty claims to trust and tax litigation, arbitration and judicial review. Her clients range from those in the public sector (such as educational institutions, NHS trusts, local authorities and other public bodies) to leading manufacturers, retailers and service providers.
She is a CEDR-accredited mediator, and has higher rights of audience in civil proceedings.