Described as ‘a particularly good litigator, with excellent client care skills’ in the Legal 500, Claire-Elaine specialises in commercial, agricultural and residential property dispute resolution and risk management work. She is both an experienced solicitor and member of the Chartered Management Institute, giving her a unique commercial approach that cuts to the heart of the issue and delivers bold business minded results for clients.

Claire-Elaine has a wealth of practical experience and knowledge and has a passion for landlord & tenant, proactive estate and portfolio management, facilitating developments, resolving telecommunications problems and assisting in the resolution of real estate disputes such as boundaries, rights of way or restrictive covenants. Claire-Elaine also has particular experience in defending bulk litigation against developers and local authorities and dealing with professional negligence claims against property professionals.

As a capable litigator, she also deals with general commercial litigation, corporate disputes, partnership disputes and Intellectual Property issues.

Claire-Elaine is an active member of the Property Litigation Association and the Agricultural Law Association. She sits on the West Midlands Regional Board of the Chartered Management Institute and also undertakes some teaching at the University of Law and University College of Estate Management.

  • Corporate/Commercial Clients
  • Developers and Estate Managers
  • Landlord and Tenants
  • Surveyors and other Professionals
  • Local Councils and other public bodies
  • Private Individuals
  • Resolving an international Partnership Dispute concerning a substantive UK Property Portfolio.
  • Acting to successfully recover occupation of a central London commercial property from a large number of protestors, with the assistance of Police and High Court Officers.
  • Working with several Property Management Companies and Surveyors to refine their management processes to make them more proactive and risk averse, thus improving their performance.
  • Coordinating the defence of 300+ claims made against a local authority under the Land Compensation Act 1973, following the construction of a new Bypass.
  • Acting in a commercial dilapidations claim against a wholly unreasonable tenant, where particularly substantive recovery of costs and damages was enabled by strategic use of offers to settle.
  • Successfully acting for the Landlord in a legally technical dispute concerning service of a Break Notice under a Commercial Lease (Orchard v Reuters [2009] EWCA Civ 6).
  • Establishing successfully a clarification on a point of law concerning determination of boundary in the High Court (Avon Estates v Evans [2013] EWHC 1635 (Ch)).
  • Acting against a major utilities provider in a nuisance claim following substantive flooding and damage to farmland.
  • Acting on the claim of a public right of way dating back to the time of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Working with an international PLC to better manage and reduce their legal spend.
  • Resolving a substantive claim by a Developer against a utilities company following works disturbing the foundations of a development and causing subsidence.
  • Acting on behalf of executors to resolve the contentious probate of a major farming estate in Gloucestershire.
  • Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2009 – Legal Category
  • Warwickshire Law Society’s Young Lawyer of the Year 2012

Previous law firms

  • Davies and Partners, Head of Property Dispute Resolution
  • Wright Hassall LLP, Associate
  • Gateley Plc, Trainee and Solicitor

 

In-house Counsel

  • British Telecommunications Plc
  • The Pharmacists Defence Association

 

Education

  • University of Law Business School – MSc Strategic Business Management
  • Warwick Business School – Diploma in Business Management
  • University of Law – Graduate Diploma in Law/Legal Practice Certificate
  • The University of Birmingham, BA(hons) Cultural Studies and Sociology

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