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
"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
""I've got great respect" for Claire Johnson, says one source, who calls her a "very clever woman, very experienced and knowledgeable. She's got a strong tax background, works a lot with business owners and does a lot of Court of Protection work." She is an experienced tax and succession planning practitioner and regularly works in conjunction with the firm's corporate group."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2017
"Claire Johnson is praised for her excellent tax knowledge, and often advises on tax planning and family business succession. One client says: "She has a wonderful manner as well as an eye for detail. She is meticulous and precise, totally professional and has the patience of a saint."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2016
"Claire Johnson is "very personable and that comes across to the client. She's very patient and methodical. She will always come back with a sensible answer."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2015