Claire Lightowler


Trainee Solicitor & Rights In Justice Project Manager

Claire is a trainee solicitor and leads our work about children in conflict with the law.

Before retraining as a lawyer Claire was the Director of the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) where she led work to improve the lives of children and young people in conflict with the law. In 2020 she produced a major report, Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law, and in 2022 she delivered the annual Kilbrandon Lecture based on this work, influencing developments such as the Scottish Government’s youth justice strategy and the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Act 2024. Claire has particular expertise in supporting people with different life experiences and from different professional backgrounds to work together to achieve change.

Through her work Claire saw that children and young people in conflict with the law do not always have access to justice when their rights are not respected, and realised the importance of lawyers. Claire undertook a scoping study about the legal needs of children and young people in conflict with the law, informing Clan Childlaw’s work in this area. As a trainee, Claire is on route to become a lawyer for children and young people, with a particular interest in how conflict with the law impacts on the entirety of children and young people’s rights.

Claire loves dogs (especially whippets), weight lifting, dancing, eating good food and being in the countryside.

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