Claire graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1996 with an Honours Degree in Law, having also spent a year at Westminster College in Pennsylvania and obtaining a diploma in Business Administration. She qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1998 and has worked as a specialist family lawyer for the past 19 years. She worked as head of a large family practice in Belfast for many years before qualifying as a solicitor in Dublin in 2006 and heading up the family practice in a large commercial law firm in Dublin, dealing with many high net worth clients. Since returning to Belfast in 2014 Claire has worked as a family lawyer in several city centre firms as a locum. Claire is a trained Collaborative lawyer and has also worked as a mediator in numerous cases.