Claire is an experienced planning solicitor and has advised clients across the commercial, residential, retail, hotel and leisure sectors on all stages of the development process.

She regularly supports the work of the firm’s Real Estate team, advising on the planning aspects of acquisitions and disposals as well as providing stand-alone advice on planning matters including interpretation of planning permissions and conditions, application and appeal strategy and the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Claire has a wealth of experience drafting and negotiating agreements to enable development, including section 106 and highways agreements, and enjoys working as part of clients’ wider consultant teams to secure planning permission or optimise existing schemes. Claire’s experience also encompasses planning inquiries, enforcement, judicial review and pre-submission review of planning applications and environmental statements.

Prior to acting as a consultant for Joelson, Claire trained and qualified at CMS Cameron McKenna where she spent ten years before moving to Forsters. Outside of work, Claire is on the committee of a charity that funds research into antiphospholipid syndrome, a blood clotting disorder, and is a Watford FC fan.