Claire is a very senior family solicitor, practising since 1990 and a partner in the family team at Geldards LLP. She is head of Geldards private children team and is a renowned expert in complex private children cases. Claire acts for parents, grandparents and wider family members. Her reputation is as a strong and determined advocate for clients. She is frank but fair and will go the extra mile to ensure her clients get the right outcomes.

Claire is also head of Geldards agricultural team and she acts for many farmers and land owners in the very niche area of family law that applies to them on separation and divorce. Claire drafts pre nuptial agreements and cohabitation contracts to help protect farms, land and business’ from the consequences of a divorce.

Claire is an experienced mediator and advocate of alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. Claire will always try to find a resolution for her clients that wherever possible avoids the need for protracted and expensive litigation.

Claire is a trained domestic violence advocate and adviser. She has more knowledge that almost all other lawyers of the impacts of controlling relationships and can help clients move forward in very frightening situations.

Claire’s financial practise is extensive and she specialises in high net worth cases and financial planning on and after marriage. Claire will try and find a financial outcome for clients that is fair.

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What clients say

"Claire has an enormous passion and energy for her work, giving equal attention and commitment to all her cases and doing whatever she can to protect her clients."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have had the expert knowledge and support from Claire to get me through my divorce."

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"Claire Dean is a totally dedicated, a force of nature. She gives each case and client her full attention and energy. Claire is widely a very well respected and no doubt feared opponent."

Legal 500 2022

"I wanted to highlight how much your understanding, attitude and kindness helped me. I never thought it would be such a hard but cathartic experience and it was really good to clear the air and move on. It was also good to see my ex happy and how much the mediation helped put us both. "

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"A top class lawyer and a nice person as well. Very knowledgeable and understanding."

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"“Claire Dean is very matter of fact, focused and extremely knowledgeable. Speaking to Claire gave me the determination and courage to have a ‘can do’ attitude”."

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"Claire's clarity, good humour and ability to formulate our sometimes unclear thoughts was at all times a great help."

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"I will be forever grateful to Claire for her guidance and support - her empathy and understanding have helped me so much."

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"Thank you for everything, all your advice, for saying the right things at the right time, for making me see things in a different light. Thank you for protecting me, believing me, listening to me and just being a really nice person. "

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