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Claire Brissenden
Call 2004
Specialisms: Family, Mediation
Claire Brissenden CV
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Tel: 0191 232 1927


Claire Brissenden


  • Family
  • Ancillary Relief 
  • Private Law Children 
  • Domestic Abuse 
  • Armed Forces
  • Internal and External Relocation Cases 

Following a successful career in business Claire was a mature entrant to the Bar. She continues to develop her practice in ancillary relief, private law children matters involving residence and contact, as well as applications relating to domestic abuse. In addition to complex contact and shared residence cases, she has dealt with finding of fact hearings, cases concerning internal and external relocation, implacable hostility cases, and changes of residence.

Claire has a particular interest in applications for ancillary relief. She is experienced in cases involving modest assets where a creative solution is often required to achieve a ‘fair’ result. She has also represented a number of serving and retired members of the armed forces, and has expertise in pensions. She is particularly aware of the need for sound advice from the earliest stages of proceedings to avoid the stress and expense of protracted litigation. She is fully committed to the continued representation of both privately and publicly funded clients.

Claire has extensive experience of applications for temporary and permanent leave to remove from the jurisdiction, internal and external relocation cases. She recently represented the father in the reported appeal Re H [2014] EWCA Civ 989 and subsequent rehearing of Re H [2015] EWFC 39 concerning an application by the mother to take their child to Iran for a holiday, despite the father's status as a political asylum seeker.

Claire's article in Family Law Week “Changing Residence - A Judgment of Solomon” addresses the difficulties faced by the courts in deciding whether to change a child's residence, particularly in view of a child's wishes and feelings to the contrary.

Claire is a trained family mediator.


"Recommended for financial remedy matters." Legal 500 2019

"An approachable, knowledgeable and equable lawyer." Legal 500 2017

"A safe pair of hands in financial and children law matters." Legal 500 2016

"‘She is a competent negotiator, and always strives to get the best result for the client" Legal 500 2015

"A personable barrister, with strong client care skills" Legal 500 2014

"very sensible and down to earth" Legal 500 2013

"recommended" Legal 500 2012


  • Family Law Mediator (Children and Ancillary Relief)


  • Family Law Bar Association 
  • North Eastern Circuit 
  • Inner Temple


  • LLB (Hons) Buckingham University
  • BVC Northumbria University


Claire is a keen football supporter. She enjoys foreign travel, skiing and photography. Claire is married with two young children.