Claire is a partner in our highly successful private client team and has over 13 years’ experience in private client work.

Claire has a wealth of experience in trusts, Wills, probate, tax planning and estate administration. As a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Claire handles a broad range of work, with particular expertise in trusts and tax planning.

Clients include a large number of wealthy individuals and families who hold substantial business assets, property and personal wealth. Claire has established an excellent reputation in the preservation of these assets for future generations.


Claire works with clients mostly from the local area and from all levels of the financial spectrum.

She has detailed experience of trusts and estates matters covering all aspects of administration, from straightforward estates through to complex estates with a foreign element, or business or agricultural property. In particular, she deals with taxable estates and is regularly involved with negotiations with HM Revenue and Customs. She also deals with estates which may become contested.

Claire specialises in trust work and her experience includes drafting, establishing and managing a broad range of lifetime trusts, and of Will trusts, including the appropriate tax planning advice. Claire is appointed as a trustee on many of the trusts that she manages.

Claire is also experienced in lasting powers of attorney, and working with elderly clients in relation to their affairs. She has also advised in relation to deputyship applications, and other Court of Protection applications.

Claire studied law at university as a mature student and went on to obtain a distinction in her LPC. She joined Turner & Debenhams in 2003 (now Debenhams Ottaway) as a trainee lawyer and qualified with the firm. She became a partner in 2011.

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Claire is a member of the Private Client Section of The Law Society and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Claire has recently been included in the Tax and Trusts Lawyers section of the 2020 edition of the Spear’s 500.

Claire Sharp's news

  • FATCA – treatment of trusts clarified

    Since the regulation and reporting requirements under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) came into force on 1 July 2014, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has clarified how…

  • Do I need to appoint a professional trustee?

    A trust is a useful tool that allows you to retain some control of how your assets are allocated to your beneficiaries. They can help preserve your assets for future…

  • A simple guide to trusts

    Many people who want to give their assets to their loved ones choose a trust to allow them to retain some control over their assets as part of their inheritance tax…

  • The shifting sands of IHT

    In the chancellor’s autumn statement he dropped plans for a general review of inheritance tax and trusts. However the government has now published draft legislation targeting multiple-trust inheritance tax (IHT)…

What Clients Say
  • Claire Sharp and Andrew Spearman both exhibit great knowledge, instilling great client confidence.

    The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Claire Sharp has a wealth of experience, and is always happy to help. Claire is efficient, knows what needs to be done, and delivers her outstanding service in a calm, friendly manner.

    The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Claire understands our needs very well, offers practical advice and is responsive. We always enjoy working with her.

  • We really appreciate Claire’s help and expert handling of the issues.

  • I’m very happy with the service! I felt that Claire Sharp was on our side at all times, understood our needs and always acted in our best interests.

  • Professional approach and clearly explained every aspect of the process. Nothing was too much trouble, and my many emails were answered succinctly in a manner I understood.

  • Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient service achieving the desired result. Perfect service was delivered by such highly skilled professionals. I have been delighted with the service that I have received.

  • We feel confident that we are being given the best advice.