Legal Director

Claire gives compassionate and realistic advice on the legal issues arising on divorce or separation, including financial claims and the arrangements for children. She acts for a wide range of clients from different backgrounds and has a wealth of experience in divorces involving business interests, farms and pensions. Clients have great confidence in Claire’s commercial approach to cases and describe her as efficient, supportive and clear thinking.

Claire speaks French and has built up a significant Anglo French family law practice. For many years, she has acted for clients with French links on all aspects of their separation including the financial implications and the relocation of children. Claire’s language skills and technical expertise mean she is highly sought after by Francophone clients for advice on divorce, relocation and enforcement. She advises on jurisdiction disputes, working cross border with foreign lawyers.

Claire gives clear and sensitive advice on pre nuptial agreements in a range of situations and she has a recognised expertise in advising on cross border agreements (in particular those involving France and continental marriage contracts). Claire is well regarded for her specialist advice on surrogacy arrangements and is an advocate for changes to this area of family law.

Claire joined Rayden Solicitors in April 2018 from a firm in London where she worked for 10 years and was a partner from 2015.

Claire is a member of Resolution and she sits on the Standards Committee.

Claire is recommended in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019, which ranks top lawyers for international private wealth matters.

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Claire Wood ‘is highly esteemed for her practice in family law’. “I’ve always held her in high regard,” says one peer, adding: “She seems to be on top of it and knows exactly what she’s doing.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

The “incredibly bright” Claire Wood is increasingly involved in high-end matrimonial finance issues, including nuptial agreements. She has notable expertise in surrogacy issues and cases involving farming assets. Sources commend her skills as a “tough negotiator.”

Chambers UK 2018

Has a thriving international family practice and is particularly noted for the strength of her finance and surrogacy expertise. She is described as “extremely solid, reliable, hard-working and client-focused.”

Chambers UK, 2017

“Extremely efficient, and excellent with financial documents”

Legal 500 UK 2017

Noted for her ‘exceptional capacity for hard work’ and is recommended for matrimonial finance and surrogacy

Legal 500 UK 2016

Reported Cases:

  • S v S (Brussels II revised: Articles 19(1) and (3): reference to CJEU) [2014] EWHC 3613 (Fam) – jurisdiction divorce case involving competing proceedings in France and England – referred to the Court of Justice of the EU
  • Z v A [2012] EWHC 1434 (Fam) and Z v A [2012] EWHC 467 – a High Court case on quantification of financial provision and remedies after a foreign


Personal Assistant

Claire is supported by Gaynor Bush.

Gaynor works Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.30pm and Friday 9.00am – 12.15pm.

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