Clare Algar
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

Entries by Clare Algar

Does the UK Need a Death Penalty?

(4) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (14:15)

In 2004 Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by lethal injection for the murder-by-arson of his two children. He is now widely recognised as having been innocent - leading arson experts agree that the "finding of arson could not be sustained". The fire was an accident, but it cost Willingham his...

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Police Spy Case Shows Threat of Secret Courts

(19) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (00:00)

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...

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Lib Dem Conference Must Focus on Secret Justice Plans

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2012 | (15:42)

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 favoured by despots" and miring individuals in "Kafkaesque cases."

As the...

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

(3) Comments | Posted 13 July 2011 | (15:14)

Last week saw one of those little-noticed coincidences in British politics: as one inquiry into a very public scandal came struggling into the world, the slow death of another began.

The chances are you'll have heard about David Cameron's announcement of an inquiry into phone hacking at the News...

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