Clare Hoban is a highly experienced content lawyer across television, film, audio and publishing. Her career began as Head of Legal Affairs at a print industry body, followed by 12 years in-house as a senior content lawyer at the BBC, then four in private practice advising broadcasters and production companies. Clare brought this wealth of experience to Reviewed & Cleared in September 2019.
Clare has an in-depth understanding of how television is made and enjoys long-standing, trusted relationships with broadcasters, production companies and industry insurers. Her calm, practical and creative approach spans every genre from drama and comedy through to undercover investigations, current affairs, live records and news reporting. A regular advisor to multiple UK radio and television newsrooms, Clare was previously presented with the BBC Outstanding Services to News and Current Affairs award for her work in this area.
Clare regularly advises on content following the work of the emergency services, including police and medics, and is actively sought out to help navigate issues including duty of care, consent and privacy. She also sits as a magistrate in the UK adult criminal court, giving her a unique depth of understanding of the criminal process and contempt risks.
Over the years Clare has advised on many high-profile, controversial factual dramas and documentaries depicting real people and events. She has also advised on hundreds of hours of live and fast-turnaround output including Operation Live, Question Time, The Graham Norton Show, Would I Lie To You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock the Week, Newsnight, The Jonathan Ross Show, Unspun with Matt Forde and The Last Leg.
Clare loves delivering training, and regularly creates bespoke sessions for clients and through industry partners such as Women in Film and Television and Audio UK.