Claire is a wills, trusts and estate specialist with over 21 years’ experience. She helps individuals, families and business owners with effective strategies to address their succession and wealth preservation worries and goals, making the most of opportunities to save inheritance tax and providing real peace of mind.
A graduate of Exeter University, Claire trained as a solicitor with a London firm and spent 6 years working as a tax consultant with KPMG before returning to Wales. Prior to joining Geldards as a partner in 2013 she developed and led the private client offering at 2 other prominent Welsh law firms.
Claire advises clients across Wales particularly in relation to tax planning and asset protection through appropriate wills, trusts and lifetime gifts, also dealing with the administration of complex and high value trusts and estates including those where there is a dispute and the legal issues affecting those in later life and those who lack capacity.
As one of the partners heading up Geldards' Private Client team, Claire considers it a privilege that she and the team act in many cases for different generations of the same families and are very much focused on building lasting relationships with their clients.
Born and brought up in Wales, Claire lives in Cardiff with her husband and daughter.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Claire Johnson combines excellent technical knowledge with the ability to explain things in a very clear and straightforward way to clients"
Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, Legal 500 2021
"Claire Johnson is held in high esteem by fellow private client solicitors in Wales."
Private Wealth Law, Chambers & Partners 2021
"Claire Johnson is held in high esteem by fellow private client solicitors in Wales. Johnson advises affluent clients on wills, the administration of trusts, and estates and tax planning matters"
Chambers & Partners: High Net Worth Directory 2020
"Claire shows true empathy and patience with clients - she has the technical knowledge without any pomposity"
Chambers & Partners Directory 2020
"Claire Johnson leads a highly competent team, with a clear and informative approach to client engagement
Legal 500, 2020
"She is very precise and very measured in her approach to things. She is very knowledgeable, approachable, and friendly. She is very good at building a rapport quickly. Technically she is probably the most proficient lawyer I've come across. She is very good on complex trust work, and her knowledge is second-to-none."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2018