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Howells Solicitors are pleased to announce the arrival of Claire Davis to their team. As of the 1st September 2010, Claire Davis will be joining the Howells ranks as a Partner and will head the Private Client & Asset Management department, based in our Newport Office.

Claire was born and lives in Newport. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College before attending reading university to read LLB Law, where she was awarded the Maxwell Law Prize for obtaining the top degree in her year. After completing her Law Society finals at Guildford, she returned to Newport to train as a Solicitor at the family firm, Le Brasseur Davis & Sons, under the guidance of her father and uncle, Gilbert and Tom Davis, who have been well known and highly respected Solicitors for many years. Claire qualified in 1985 and continued to practice in Newport, successfully combining her working life with the challenges of bringing up two children. She took over the family firm in 1997, specialising in Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Elderly Client work.

In 2003 Claire was approached by Rubin Lewis O’Brien Solicitors in Cwmbran and asked to develop and head their Private Client Department. Whilst working in Cwmbran, Claire built a successful team from the ground up, and established a reputation as one of the top Specialists in her field.

Claire takes great pride in her work and is passionate about helping those in the later stages of their lives and those with disabled children or vulnerable dependants. She has close links with many local charities including the Alzheimer’s Society, Mencap and Age UK. Claire gives talks on behalf of all these groups, together with helping present seminars on tax planning and preservation of assets with local independent financial planners. She creates bespoke Wills and Trusts for clients, with differing levels of wealth, personal needs and business interests and ensures all their concerns are addressed in a sympathetic and professional manner.

She is on the board of directors of Solicitors for the Elderly, a national organisation of lawyers specialising in looking after the needs of clients in later life, and is extremely proud of the work they do and her role in the organisation. The organisation has a national and local voice, ensuring the concerns and needs of Carers, the vulnerable, and those in later life represented by bodies such as the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian.

Claire acts professionally on behalf of many individuals both young and old, where they have lost or are losing capacity, either through illness or devastating head injury as a result of an accident. She helps these individuals and their families to manage their financial affairs and protecting them from potential risk and harm. Claire also helps families create Powers of Attorney and Deputyships where needed, and takes steps to protect assets from the potential impact of care home fees.

Claire deals with the often complex and stressful area of Probate, ensuring clients are cared for with great sensitivity at such a difficult time. She is experienced in dealing with estate ranging from small, to those worth many millions of pounds, but treats each estate with an equal degree of care, tailoring her service to the particular needs of the client. The spectre of dealing with IHT calculations and mitigating against these where possible is a challenge she relishes! She deals with the unfortunate disputes that can arise between families over Wills or the lack thereof, and can often avoid lengthy and costly litigation by assisting clients in coming to terms with any issues they have raised.

Her depth of knowledge and high level of expertise in these areas ensures she is now perfectly placed, both in terms of her career as well as her city centre location, to help even more people get their affairs in order before it’s too late.

Claire is excited about the move, stating: “I am passionate about this area of law and being able to help a wider range of people at sensitive times of their lives. Moving to Howells and returning to the centre of my home town is an exciting challenge. I am supported by an efficient and expert team of lawyers and feel confident that the service we will be able to offer to clients, both old and new, will remain second to none.”

For an expert and efficient legal service, please visit Howells Solicitors at www.howellslegal.co.uk or call our Newport office on 01633 22 79 60. Our dedicated and friendly team of expert solicitors will be there to help you every step of the way.

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