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Family Law

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Expertise

Claire has more than twenty years’ experience as a Family Lawyer, with a strong reputation in the Yorkshire area. Combining strength and compassion to resolve cases swiftly and amicably, she is known for being sensible and pragmatic with a robust approach to court proceedings if needed.

Claire has built up a network of professional trusted advisers over the years which means she is always able to put together the right team to achieve the best possible outcome.

Claire has particular expertise advising clients on the financial issues arising on relationship breakdown including: financial settlements; maintenance; pre-acquired and post-separation assets; pre and post-nuptial agreements; cohabitation and separation agreements; and financial claims for children.

Visit Claire’s website here.

Claire is listed as a Leading Lawyer by Wiselaw.

 

 

Claire Advises

Claire regularly advises on: —

  • Divorce and separation
  • Complex and high value cases acting for business owners and senior professionals: advising on financial settlements including farming assets, land, pensions, and business structures
  • Wealth protection including Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements: separation and cohabitation agreements
  • Cohabitee and Property disputes and associated civil proceedings
  • Private children disputes including relocation, international cases and allegations of abuse
  • Injunctions: personal and financial

Experience Highlights

  • Advising a wife who was pursuing a claim against a property portfolio and complex structure of business assets that were held in the husband’s sole name, including an application for a legal services order and complicated by issues relating to the husband’s capacity.
  • Advising the owner of a family accountancy practice and successfully negotiating a financial settlement to protect pre-marital and family assets.
  • Advising clients in relation to complex pre-nuptial agreements to protect their inherited wealth, pre-marital assets, and property portfolio.
  • Advising a senior professional in respect of divorce and financial proceedings against a husband based in Turkey, involving foreign service and protection of pre-marital wealth.
  • Advising a father opposing the mother’s application for leave to move their child to Singapore, involving High Court proceedings to determine the child’s habitual residence and liaising with the passport, Home Office and cross-border authorities to obtain a Passport Order.
  • Representing a father to issue an emergency application against mother for wrongful retention of their child in America and successfully obtaining High Court Order for child’s return, and successfully opposing application by mother that the child’s habitual residence had changed. Case involved psychological assessments and allegations of parental alienation.
  • Advising a mother in respect of Schedule 1 Agreement relating to financial provision for the parties’ children against father with substantial assets of approx. 15M, and which included a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Acting on behalf of Defendant whose former partner issued a claim for a beneficial interest in her property and café business. Successfully defended the claim which was dismissed following a trial in the Chancery Court and involved assets and witness evidence from the Ukraine.
  • Advice relating to a Post-Nuptial Agreement for an Entrepreneur with wealth in excess of 200M.

Career History

Previous Law firms

  • Andrew Jacksons, Hull (1996–2017)
  • Stowe Family Law, Beverley (2017–20)
  • Langleys, York, (acquired by Knights) (2020–22)
  • Knights, York (2022–23)

Memberships

  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCilex)
  • Member of Resolution
  • Treasurer for Hull and East Yorkshire Resolution (2011–17)
  • Member of Leeds and West Yorkshire Resolution Committee
  • Member of Women in Business Hull

Nominated for Chartered Legal Executive of the Year by Lexis Nexis Family awards in 2021.

Expertise

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Claire has more than twenty years’ experience as a Family Lawyer, with a strong reputation in the Yorkshire area. Combining strength and compassion to resolve cases swiftly and amicably, she is known for being sensible and pragmatic with a robust approach to court proceedings if needed.

Claire has built up a network of professional trusted advisers over the years which means she is always able to put together the right team to achieve the best possible outcome.

Claire has particular expertise advising clients on the financial issues arising on relationship breakdown including: financial settlements; maintenance; pre-acquired and post-separation assets; pre and post-nuptial agreements; cohabitation and separation agreements; and financial claims for children.

Visit Claire’s website here.

Claire is listed as a Leading Lawyer by Wiselaw.

 

 

Claire Advises

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Claire regularly advises on: —

  • Divorce and separation
  • Complex and high value cases acting for business owners and senior professionals: advising on financial settlements including farming assets, land, pensions, and business structures
  • Wealth protection including Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements: separation and cohabitation agreements
  • Cohabitee and Property disputes and associated civil proceedings
  • Private children disputes including relocation, international cases and allegations of abuse
  • Injunctions: personal and financial

Experience Highlights

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  • Advising a wife who was pursuing a claim against a property portfolio and complex structure of business assets that were held in the husband’s sole name, including an application for a legal services order and complicated by issues relating to the husband’s capacity.
  • Advising the owner of a family accountancy practice and successfully negotiating a financial settlement to protect pre-marital and family assets.
  • Advising clients in relation to complex pre-nuptial agreements to protect their inherited wealth, pre-marital assets, and property portfolio.
  • Advising a senior professional in respect of divorce and financial proceedings against a husband based in Turkey, involving foreign service and protection of pre-marital wealth.
  • Advising a father opposing the mother’s application for leave to move their child to Singapore, involving High Court proceedings to determine the child’s habitual residence and liaising with the passport, Home Office and cross-border authorities to obtain a Passport Order.
  • Representing a father to issue an emergency application against mother for wrongful retention of their child in America and successfully obtaining High Court Order for child’s return, and successfully opposing application by mother that the child’s habitual residence had changed. Case involved psychological assessments and allegations of parental alienation.
  • Advising a mother in respect of Schedule 1 Agreement relating to financial provision for the parties’ children against father with substantial assets of approx. 15M, and which included a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Acting on behalf of Defendant whose former partner issued a claim for a beneficial interest in her property and café business. Successfully defended the claim which was dismissed following a trial in the Chancery Court and involved assets and witness evidence from the Ukraine.
  • Advice relating to a Post-Nuptial Agreement for an Entrepreneur with wealth in excess of 200M.

Career History

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Previous Law firms

  • Andrew Jacksons, Hull (1996–2017)
  • Stowe Family Law, Beverley (2017–20)
  • Langleys, York, (acquired by Knights) (2020–22)
  • Knights, York (2022–23)

Memberships

  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCilex)
  • Member of Resolution
  • Treasurer for Hull and East Yorkshire Resolution (2011–17)
  • Member of Leeds and West Yorkshire Resolution Committee
  • Member of Women in Business Hull

Nominated for Chartered Legal Executive of the Year by Lexis Nexis Family awards in 2021.

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