Claire Pilling

Family Law 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 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 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.

Claire has provided advice and assistance to client’s who are unable to progress their divorce due to a lack of cooperation of the respondent. She has obtained orders for deemed service which have allowed the Judge to progress the divorce proceedings and the obtain a decree absolute.

What our clients say

"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