Claire is expert in all aspects of family law including family businesses and trust assets. She also has extensive experience in children work including applications for residence and removal from the jurisdiction.
Claire has a City background qualifying at Stephenson Harwood in 2002 before transferring to the top ranked family law firm, Manches LLP.
Claire’s clients include lawyers, bankers, accountants, directors and other professionals.
Claire is empathic, practical, gives clear and directive advice when needed and is an experienced and tenacious litigator.
Claire is a member of Resolution and is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer.
Chambers & Partners rank Claire in Band 1:
“recognised by sources for her proficiency in handling complex children work. She also regularly advises on financial remedy cases linked to divorce and separation proceedings” (2018)
“excellent and extremely hardworking lawyer. She is willing to take on difficult cases and fight them hard. She has an excellent relationship with her clients.” (2016)
“responsive, thoughtful and strategic. She’s perfectly at ease with complex matters” and is “fantastic both in court and in collaboration – she sets a good standard for the whole team”. (2015)
Claire is also rated in The Legal 500:
Founding partners Claire Nickolds and Lisa Jones “are excellent lawyers and know their stuff” and “are sensible but no pushovers” (2018)
“pragmatic, direct and clever, championing the interests of her clients with great skill”(2017)
“deals with the most complex cases with aplomb”(2016).