Claire Vale.

Associate Solicitor.

Assistant: Claire Dowley


Claire is recommended in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which recognises her as a Next Generation Partner.

Legal 500 Next Generation Partner
Profile / Experience

Profile / Experience

Claire is one of the few solicitors in the Shropshire/West Midlands area to specialise in contentious probate. She is a member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”).

Claire is an associate solicitor and is based at the firm’s Shrewsbury office. She has experience in a wide range of civil litigation matters but has specialised in contentious probate work for a number of years.

She works closely with the Lanyon Bowdler Private Client Team. She acts for individuals in a variety of different matters, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, probate claims, substitution and removal of personal representatives, rectification of wills and professional negligence. Claire also has experience of post-death cases involving, disputes involving farms, financial abuse by attorneys and the recovery of monies to the estate.

Claire is recommended in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which recognises her as a Next Generation Partner. It states ‘Claire Vale, heads the contentious probate department at Lanyon Bowdler. The practice continues to be busy advising on various claims under the Inheritance Act as well as a variety of probate disputes relating to challenges to wills. It is also skilled at advising on disputes and applications to remove executors/administrators.’

A testimonial from the 2024 edition of The Legal 500 states:

‘A strong out of London firm handling some interesting probate and trusts disputes. Claire Vale is a very good solicitor, technically able and with good commercial sense‘.

Previous testimonials include:

‘Well established and respected in Herefordshire and Shropshire and offers many solicitors in expert fields. I have dealt with Claire Vale. I have valued her sound knowledge, thorough and diligent work. Claire has always responded quickly and has always been calm, pragmatic and professional‘.

‘Claire Vale was very understanding and made sure I understood the pros and cons of any decision and was very compassionate and efficient‘.

‘In my experience, this firm dominates the contentious trusts and probate market in its area. It is the firm which has the knowledge and expertise from conducting a number of these cases of all sizes. Claire Vale is clear, focused and practical. Knows the procedure well and is a forceful litigator‘.

‘Claire Vale is very experienced in probate matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Her depth of knowledge, thorough preparation and reassuring manner put clients at ease. She is able to quickly identify key issues within any dispute and focus upon resolving those to the benefit of her clients‘.

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Estates and Farming Disputes – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

We discuss the various types of farming disputes affecting the estates of farmers, sharing a few scenarios, including on...
Published • 28 May 2024
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Mutually Irrevocable Wills and Why You Should Never do Them – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

Mirror wills allow for updates and amendments, which better reflects how lives can change....
Published • 17 Apr 2024
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Financial Abuse by Attorneys – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

Attorneys manage the estate of a donor whilst they're still alive and Claire is seeing an increase in financial abuse wh...
Published • 01 Apr 2024
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Nothing Left to Partner

The claimant lived in a house belonging to her deceased partner, but she had helped to pay the mortgage on the property ...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Inheritance Act Claim

The deceased was a businessman, who owned various properties and other assets. He also owned the family home, where he h...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Seaman’s Will Upheld

Lanyon Bowdler acted on behalf of a claimant who successfully applied to the High Court to revoke a grant of letters of ...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Testate Case Study

Claire acted on a will dispute claim on behalf of a widower, whose estranged wife had died leaving a Will giving the who...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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The Law Behind Predatory Marriages – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

People get married for many reasons but in cases of predatory marriages, the victim will be vulnerable....
Published • 15 Jan 2024

Inheritance Wars (Episode 4)

This week’s episode of “Inheritance Wars – Who Gets the Money?” on Channel 5, featured the case of Brett McLean and...
Claire Vale • 09 Oct 2023

Inheritance Wars (Episode 3)

This episode featured the disturbing case of Joan Blass and her daughter, Daphne Franks. Joan was an 87 year old wi...
Claire Vale • 03 Oct 2023

Inheritance Wars (Episode 2)

This week’s episode of Channel 5’s “Inheritance Wars” featured two more legal cases relating to inheritance dispute...
Claire Vale • 28 Sep 2023

Inheritance (Episode 1)

The first episode of a new series called “Inheritance” aired on Monday 4 September on Channel 5. It is a fact-based...
Claire Vale • 26 Sep 2023
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