Claire Yorke, Legal Director, Family

Claire Yorke

Legal Director

Personal Profile

Claire is a Legal Director in the Family department, practicing exclusively in the area of family law for nearly 14 years.

Claire specialises in advising clients on the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown. Her expertise includes dealing with trusts and corporate assets, inherited wealth, complex remuneration structures and international assets, often where there are allegations of non-disclosure or dissipation. Claire also has a particular interest in wealth protection, advising clients on pre and post nuptial agreements.

Claire's practice also includes private law children matters, particularly residence application and the relocation of children.

Described as "thorough" and a "tough negotiator" with clients who feel "very supported" by her, Claire's wide ranging practice sees her advising professionals, entrepreneurs, High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth individuals and their partners. She has been to the Court of Appeal on a number of cases, including the enforceability of compulsory arbitration provisions in American pre-nuptial agreements and varying final financial orders for issues of incomplete disclosure.

Recognised amongst her peers, Claire has been ranked as one of The Midult's Top 23 Divorce lawyers in the UK, won the Citywealth Woman of the Year: Rising Star Award and has been shortlisted for ePrivate clients Top 35 Under 35. She is also recognised in the Legal 500, Chambers and Chamber High Net Worth. 

Pro-bono work is another important part of Claire's practice, having been an active member of Pink Law, a free legal advice service for the LGBT Community run via Queen Mary University.

Claire has written for LexisNexis and regularly presents at a range of internal and external speaking engagements.

Key Experience

  • Acting as lead Associate in the highest value divorce to be litigated in the English courts. The case also involved determination of the extent to which the media should be restricted from reporting a day by day account of matrimonial financial proceedings. 
  • Representing the wife in an application for a Hemain order stopping the husband from progressing arbitration in the USA pursuant to a pre-marital agreement, while the wife’s proceedings in England were awaiting a decision on the husband’s application for a stay.
  • Successfully obtaining residence for a father of two young children from their alcoholic mother. The order ensured that all contact with the mother was supervised and prevented her from revisiting matters for a year, to guarantee some stability for the children.
  • Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 - Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Assisting in the case in which the firm acted for the successful Appellant wife in financial remedy proceedings that had been brought almost 30 years following the parties' separation and 19 years since their divorce.

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Birketts LLP
Trainee, Willans Solicitors LLP
Cardiff University LPC
Swansea University, LLB (Hons) Law

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