How long have you worked in Edwards & Co?
I first came to Edwards & Co. as a paralegal in 2003 to assist Dorcas Crawford in a long-running civil group action. I returned in 2005 to complete my vocational training and I have happily remained here since.

Do you specialise in any particular area?
I have worked in a number of areas since qualification but latterly I have focussed on personal injury, insolvency and commercial disputes, heading up the firm’s Litigation Department. I enjoy the variety of representing and advising individuals, housing associations, small/medium enterprises and large corporate organisations.

I specialise in looking after clients who have been injured by the actions or negligence of their employers and guide them through the litigation process to obtain the compensation they deserve. I assist small businesses and individual clients in recovering business and personal debts and also in actions brought against them by the banks. I am the legal representative for Sky in Northern Ireland and run all their civil litigation in the County Courts and the High Court.

I have taken the lead in providing clients with advice on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), its implications, and how they should best prepare for the changes which will be enforced from May 2018. I have delivered several GDPR specific seminars and workshops to a wide-ranging number of local businesses and organisations.

What do you like about what you do?
My knowledge and understanding of the law and its processes is constantly evolving. I believe that a member of the public who is not immersed in that world could never expect to navigate all of the procedures and get the best result possible. I like that the bottom line in my job is always to help people. To help them use the legal system to put things right, or to help them when they find themselves at the wrong end of the it!

What is the best case you have ever worked on?
I assisted a private client whose partner had taken out millions of pounds in loans in her name without her knowledge. The loans were not serviced and the lender issued High Court proceedings for bankruptcy and repossession of all of the properties which secured the loans. Her children were also embroiled in the litigation. Her family home and all of her assets were at risk. A settlement was eventually negotiated after a couple of years and numerous court appearances. The situation was incredibly stressful for the client and when she thanked me for guiding her through it I was proud to have helped her come out the other side.

What Claire’s clients say about her:
“Claire’s service was excellent from start to finish, always willing to take time to listen”
“I received a friendly, relaxed and professional service”
"Well explained with regard to legal procedure. Fastidious attention to detail. Service with a smile."