Claire Spencer

Dispute Resolution

Claire is an experienced solicitor specialising in commercial and property litigation. Claire trained in England and Wales and practiced in property litigation before relocating to New Zealand at the end of 2006, where she practiced as a solicitor and barrister in general commercial litigation and insolvency. Since joining Woodfines in 2016, following her return to the UK, Claire has advised and assisted Woodfines’ clients in resolving a variety of commercial and property (commercial and residential) related disputes.

Through her career, Claire has prided herself on the client focus and rapport she has become known for, coupling this focus with an eye for detail and business acumen. These core attributes have enabled her to deliver great outcomes to clients whilst enjoying the varied challenges cases frequently provide.

More about Claire… 

What’s the most daring/scariest thing you have done?

White water rafting in New Zealand (and the bus ride there)

What was your first job?

Café/Bakery assistant – I accidentally put salt rather than sugar on the doughnuts once!

Tell us something that not many people would know about you?

I lived and studied in Antwerp, Belgium for a year

If you weren’t a lawyer or in your current profession, what would you be doing?



Woodfines were excellent

Having not come from the area we hadn’t used Woodfines before. We found them to be fantastic, timely and very diligent. Claire was really helpful and took away a lot of the stress by providing great advice.

A very difficult situation extremely well handled

Sylvia Goulding handled a commercial sale for me and recommended Claire for a very difficult litigation matter which had by then been drawn out over 7 years. The matter was complicated and the time period had allowed vital evidence to be lost by the other parties. Claire was able to bring clarity to the situation and steer a course through the continual obfuscation and misinformation which had clouded the previous 7 years. She was also able to manage my expectations with a realistic but genuinely sympathetic approach. Through careful reading and understanding Claire was able to rescue my case from the edge of disaster and help find some justice.

Excellent service

Woodfines were a great choice of solicitor to sort out the litigation that had been going on for around 4 years. I was very impressed with the service I received from Claire, she kept me informed of what was happening at all stages and dealt with the issue effectively. I was genuinely impressed. I can't thank Claire enough for finally sorting this out for me!