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Claire Pilling

Associate & Chartered Legal Executive


Claire commenced her employment with Stephensons in September 2004. Her initial role was a secretarial one working for a solicitor who acted primarily for children’s guardians and parents within care proceedings.

Claire has since progressed within the firm and has studied with Cilex which has provided her with valuable knowledge of the legal sector and she has developed her role within the firm. Claire is a Chartered Legal Executive and recently passed her advance practice rights course.  

Claire now advises and assists clients in all aspects of family law and represents client’s at court within various proceedings including private law proceedings and parents within care proceedings. 

Claire is experienced in all aspects of family law including public law proceedings, private law children act proceedings, issues following from separation and assisting parties with protection from domestic abuse including obtaining non molestation orders and occupation orders.

Areas of specialism

  • Protection from domestic abuse
  • Divorce 
  • Private law children act proceedings

Key case

Claire provided support in a case whereby we represented a mother in care proceedings. At the final hearing a placement order was made which allowed the local authority to commence their search for an adoptive placement. An appeal was lodged with the court, the appeal was allowed due to legal issues with the judgement handed down at the final hearing and the appeal process finalised with an order for the child to be returned to the care of his mother under a supervision order which required the local authority to continue to provide the mother with support and assistance for a minimum period of 12 months.

What our clients say

"Stephenson solicitors were so amazing, Claire Pilling was amazing she really helped me throughout the case. She went above and beyond on making sure that I was okay to, I was a very annoying client I'm sure as I kept calling for things and she answered every query of mine and put my mind at ease. This is the second time I have had a case with her because she is great. I was fortunate enough to come across her because she honestly really did an amazing job. Claire was very friendly which made the experience even more pleasant and less stressful. Knowing i had a great solicitor made the journey so much more easier. My case went well thanks to her and her advice. They are amazing don't hesitate to go with them!" - View from a satisfied client

"I instructed Stephensons in my family law case, which spanned over three years. Throughout this time, I have received the upmost professionalism, compassion and diligence. This has resulted in the best outcome for my children.we cannot thank Claire Pilling enough for everything she has done and the approach she has taken which has been unwavering throughout this lengthy case." - View from a satisfied client

"I have needed to use Stephensons a lot since having my child. Claire Pilling, Lawyer has truly been amazing in my most recent case, supportive, professional and fast responsive to any questions or queries. The child’s best interest is always at the front of any proceedings which is all you need from a family solicitors. I know personally I wouldn’t of been able to cope with my family court proceedings so well without the amazing support I received from Claire Pilling, Lawyer and her team. I can see that they care about each case individually and do not just see it as another case. I wouldn’t pick any other family law solicitor to use, definitely the best around. Thank you to everyone that has helped me through out my case at Stephensons!" - View from a satisfied client

"A great law firm - couldn’t of asked for a better service from Claire Pilling and her associate Benjamin Armstrong. Very professional and also very understanding in times of need." - View from a satisfied client

"I highly recommend Stephensons solicitors for their professional approach and dedication. In particular, I found Claire Pilling and Benjamin Armstrong to be extremely good, paying great attention to the matters at hand and delivering excellent client care." - View from a satisfied client

"Claire pilling represented me with my case. She was very helpful throughout the whole process and was at the end of the phone/email if I needed anything. Claire made the process a lot easier for me as she guided me step by step and helped me to get the best outcome from the case. Thank you Claire." - View from a satisfied client

"I came to Stephensons after a number of traumatic family events and was able to receive top class support in understanding what was happening legally as well as fast representation when I needed it. I trust Claire and her team with my life, thanks again!" - View from a satisfied client

"My contact at Stephensons was Claire Pilling. I met Claire when I was going through hard time. I was with a close friend and sister the day I met her. She listened to me and told me what I was going through. She talked me through it step by step and we took my case to court. Mine was a case of DV. Claire and her team were always there to answer any questions that I had, gave me the right advice and supported me. Claire has a clear and wide knowledge of the law, always there to help me, always checking up to know if all was ok, very supportive and professional. What more can I ask from her and her team? Without Claire, I don't know what my situation would have been. My case finally was resolved in the family court and my divorce granted. Thank you so much for your care, support, advice and love this past 2 years. I would recommend Stephensons." - View from a satisfied client

"I have been a client for this service from past 3 years and there is no doubt that they provide wonderful service. Claire Pilling was my lawyer and i was fully satisfied with how she handled my case. She is very reachable which is just what a client wants specially when they are in difficult circumstances. Very dedicated. I would definitely recommend this company to others." - View from a satisfied client

"I’ve been helped by Stephensons for over a year and a half due to family court proceedings and have found them extremely positive and helpful during a highly emotional and difficult time, Claire Pilling is professional and straight forward with all advice which has provided ease of mind throughout proceedings, she has been super helpful, friendly and reassuring when difficulties arose. I cannot thank the company and Claire enough for what they have helped our family with!" - View from a satisfied client

"I highly recommend this solicitors. They have helped me through a very hard time and the same lawyer, Claire Pilling was always available to help me even though it spanned over 2 years. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them and I felt like I was treated as an individual not just another case." - View from a satisfied client

"Excellent, friendly service, no reservations I would recommend Claire Pilling family executive to anyone she is amazing at her job and very professional and made me feel at ease I couldn't have gotten through this without her help." - View from a satisfied client

"Claire Pilling has provided an excellent service in my case as a family advisor from the very start, and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing any aspect of family advice or support." - View from a satisfied client

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