Claire Yorke, Legal Director, Family

Claire Yorke

Legal Director

Personal Profile

Claire is a Legal Director in the Family department. She specialises in the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and regularly advises in relation to complex multi-jurisdictional family disputes. Claire is also experienced in dealing with pre-nuptial agreements, child relocation and leave to remove applications as well as contact and residence applications where there are criminal issues.

Claire 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 and has previously been shortlisted for ePrivate clients Top 35 Under 35. She is also recognised in the Legal 500 where she is highly praised for 'her attention to detail'. 

Pro-bono work is another important part of Claire's practice and she is an active member of Pink Law, a free legal advice service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals run via Queen Mary University.

Claire has had articles published in 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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