Introduction

Clare was called to the Bar in 1974 and joined Number 1 Chambers, Fountain Court, where she developed a general common law practice, with an emphasis on family law and crime.  She continued her legal career in South Africa and New York before returning to the Birmingham Bar and joining St Philips.

She now specialises in Family Law and her practice and expertise encompass all aspects of this area of law.  She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, organised by the St Philips Family Group and other organisations, and contributes to the Family Law and Court of Protection Newsletters and e-bulletins.


Family Finance Team

Clare practices in matrimonial finance, including Financial Remedies on Divorce, Cohabitation, TOLATA, Schedule 1 Children Act, 1989 applications and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act, 1975 work.  Clare has considerable experience with high-net-worth individuals and is comfortable with complicated financial cases involving accounts and financial statements. She is able to call on her experience of working with Private Clients in the Personal Financial Planning Department at Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg.


Public Law Care and Adoption

In the field of Public Law, Clare acts for parents, local authorities, children’s guardians and extended family members.  She often acts for clients with learning difficulties, including those represented by the Official Solicitor.  She is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings involving physical, emotional and sexual abuse.  Her approach to vulnerable clients is always sympathetic and sensitive.


Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse

Clare’s practice deals with issues of residence, contact, relocation overseas, abduction and parental responsibility.  She is also experienced in cases of domestic abuse and forced marriage.


Property and Affairs

In her Court of Protection work, Clare represents young adults, adults and the elderly and also acts for Local Authorities under whose care such persons are placed.


Health and Welfare

In her Court of Protection work, Clare represents young adults, adults and the elderly and also acts for Local Authorities under whose care such persons are placed.

In her Court of Protection work, Clare represents young adults, adults and the elderly and also acts for Local Authorities under whose care such persons are placed.

In her Court of Protection work, Clare represents young adults, adults and the elderly and also acts for Local Authorities under whose care such persons are placed.

Education

LLB, MSc Cardiff; LLM UNISA RSA, H Dip Tax Witwatersrand RSA

Appointments and Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
British Association for Adoption and Fostering