Claire Schneck

People

Claire Schneck

Partner

Claire has been the head of the family law team since 2008. She graduated from the University of Westminster with a 2:1 LLB Honours degree and a distinction on the legal practice course. She qualified as a solicitor in 2000 working in the family law department, becoming a partner in 2005.

Claire is named in the Chambers Directory 2018 ( a leading guide to the UK legal profession) as a leading individual in Kent for Family law. She is a past president of the Bromley & District Law Society and is registered on the Law Society Press List as an expert in family law.  Claire has been referred to as a 'Noteworthy Individual' in the prestigious Legal 500 and has written an article for the Family Law Journal. Claire also appeared live on Channel 4 News, BBC News 24, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Kent and Legal TV to discuss the issues surrounding cohabitants rights and other family law issues. She regularly writes articles for local publications and has previously contributed to a monthly Family Law page for Woman magazine.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys travel, live music and spending time with her family.

Expertise

  • Divorce
  • Financial claims
  • Matters relating to children
  • Cohabitee disputes
  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA)

Highlights

In the landmark case of Oxley v Hiscock in 2004, Claire acted for Elayne Oxley, the cohabitee who was awarded 40% of the house she had shared with her partner despite having paid only 22% of its original purchase price and never having contributed to the mortgage repayments. The case clarified the legal position that once a beneficial interest has been established, the Court may award whatever it considers to be a fair share of the property to each party, taking into account the whole course of dealings between the parties. This led to Claire appearing on a live debate for Channel 4 News and being quoted in several national publications..

Claim to fame

"Appeared on Channel 4 News for a live debate with a Barrister to discuss the rights of cohabitees."