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Claire joined Ellisons as Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation in July 2023.
Claire was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2001. She qualified into the Agriculture Department at Hayes, Son and Richmond in Doncaster.
Claire practiced in Leeds and Sheffield until 2014, when she moved down to London, later settling in Chelmsford.
Claire was a partner at Hodge Jones and Allen for many years, based at their Camden office.
She specialises in multi jurisdictional high value dispute resolution, and over the years has been involved with several high profile cases. Claire has considerable experience of defending and pursuing cases involving fraud and dishonesty, and considerable experience of responding to and procuring Worldwide Freezing Orders, and other injunctive relief. She is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.
Claire has many years’ experience in good quality, high value commercial litigation cases, and has been the lead adviser in several reported cases over the years. She has also acted in many cases involving harassment and defamation.
Claire has considerable experience of all forms of ADR. In particular, she has advised, led and been involved in a considerable number of mediations over the last 23 years. Claire is a qualified mediator.
Many of her cases have an international element. She is therefore experienced in liaising with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions, and building successful teams with them. Over the years, Claire has successfully pursued cases in Canada, Australia, the Middle East, the Russian Federation and EU Member states. She has also assisted in several pieces of litigation relating to supply contracts in China.
Other reported cases:
Yedina v Yedin & Anor  EWHC 3319 (Ch)
Ames & Anor v Davies & Ors  EWHC 235 (QB)
Golding -v- HMRC and Milton 
Customs and Excise Commissioners v S  EWCA Crim 2374
Vellacott v Convergence Group plc & Ors  EWHC 1774 CH
Claire is quite sporty. She was brought up in between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, so has done a lot of hiking and mountaineering. She has climbed mountains on 3 continents. Claire also likes boats, and it is her ambition to sail across the Atlantic one day.