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Claire Speed

Professional Qualifications and Background

Claire is a partner in the Litigation and Disputes Department.

Claire studied law at De Montfort University in Leicester, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2003. Since qualification she has specialised in civil litigation and dispute resolution.

Claire has worked for both national and regional law firms, before joining Whitehead Vizard LLP in September 2017, prior to the firm’s merger with Sampson Coward in April 2020.

Claire is a professional member of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).  She also sits as a charity Committee Member of the Wiltshire Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I).

I found Claire to be totally professional throughout ..both Claire and the office staff were responsive to all my queries and questions.


Claire has developed an extensive litigation practice including commercial litigation, acting for companies, landed estates, agricultural businesses and individuals.

She has expertise in commercial and residential property acting for both Landlords and Tenants in tenancy disputes, possession claims, disrepair and dilapidations claims and service charge disputes.  Claire acts for farmers and other rural landowners and businesses in agricultural property cases involving tenancy disputes, rights of way, boundaries, definitive map modifications and title disputes.

Claire’s practice also covers contractual disputes, contentious probate, debt collection and enforcement.

Claire has experience resolving disputes in the local county court, First Tier Tribunal and High Court. Claire’s recent experience includes:

  • Successfully representing clients in a breach of Share Sale Agreement, which involved commercial mediation.
  • Advising a landowner in a definitive map change matter and submitting representations to the local authority.
  • Representing Estates landlords and obtaining vacant possession of properties let under Rent Act tenancies and Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
  • Advising a beneficiary in defending an Inheritance Act Claim.
  • Successfully representing a client via the Courts for defective workmanship in a property related matter.
  • Successfully representing a client in a co-habitation dispute following the breakdown of the relationship.