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Claire Vale

Associate Solicitor - Contentious Probate, Dispute Resolution

Claire's Teams

Agriculture, Contentious Probate, Dispute Resolution


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. 

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 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 financial abuse by attorneys and the recovery of monies to the estate.  

Legal 500 Recommendation.

Claire is recommended in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500, which recognises her as a Next Generation Partner. It states 'Claire Vale leads the contentious probate department at Lanyon Bowdler which advises on claims under the Inheritance Act, as well as on various probate disputes involving challenges to the validity of wills.'

Previous directory testimonials state:

‘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‘.

Client Testimonials

Dealing with Claire Vale made a stressful situation a lot easier. Very calm, knowledgeable and was happy to go with adding to a letter that had to go to a third party.

- Mrs Jebb & Mr Newman