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Clare Algar

Executive Director of Reprieve

As Executive Director, Clare manages all aspects of Reprieve's work and co-ordinates certain litigation.

Clare worked as a litigator in a commercial law firm for eight years, where she was made partner at the age of 28 and led significant pieces of civil litigation.

Clare read law at Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius College) and has an MA and an LLM (Queen Mary’s College, London) in law.

After graduating, she spent nine months with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, where she gathered evidence in support of a suit against the State of Mississippi, requiring it to provide legal representation for those on its death row. Clare then trained as a lawyer in England and qualified in 2000.

Clare co-ordinates European civil litigation at Reprieve and uses her significant commercial law experience in liaising with key partners to garner pro bono assistance

We May Have Abolished the Death Penalty Here Long Ago, Yet We Remain Involved in Its Continuing Use Worldwide

While we may have abolished the death penalty in this country long ago, we remain involved in its continuing use around the world - and therefore responsible for doing what we can to bring it to an end. As a start, we need to see the Home Office open up a bit more - and the FCO think again about whether the best way to react to the abuses of our allies it to tip-toe around them.
10/08/2015 16:58 BST

Does the UK Need a Death Penalty?

If we say that killing people is wrong - and I think few would argue otherwise - it is no less wrong for the State to kill than for an individual to do so. The death penalty damages all those caught up in its barbarism - those killed and those people doing the killing at the government's behest.
11/10/2013 13:22 BST

Police Spy Case Shows Threat of Secret Courts

Last week, lawyers for the police were partly successful in pushing a case concerning what has been described as the "sexual and psychological abuse of campaigners for social justice ... by undercover police officers" into a secret tribunal, from which little if any evidence of just how this was allowed to happen will emerge.
23/01/2013 08:24 GMT

Lib Dem conference must focus on secret justice plans

A "chilling threat to liberty and justice" an "excessive and dangerous" move which would "shake our constitution to its common law roots" tilting it "towards the closed courts...so favoured by despots" and miring individuals in "Kafkaesque cases."
09/03/2012 21:59 GMT

Will the NOTW Inquiry, Like Torture, be Quietly Buried?

The cycle of revelation, outrage, inquiry and whitewash has become depressingly familiar. You should care about the torture inquiry - even if only to make it clear to the Government that you won't allow them to bury the hacking inquiry in the same way.
13/07/2011 00:03 BST