Claire Christy

Partner | London

Claire is a partner in the employment team.

She advises individuals and organisations on employment, shareholder and partnership law. Claire advises on shareholder and partnership disputes across a wide range of business sectors including media, fashion, leisure, art, financial services, IT and property development.

She has considerable experience acting for shareholders and partners in owner managed businesses where there has been a breakdown in business or personal relations, and where a shareholder or partner is exiting the business.

She acted for the successful petitioner in the leading case of Croly v Good.

She understands the need for clear, commercial advice and has an excellent track record in negotiating settlements for her clients, including formal mediated settlements.

On the employment side, Claire acts for several well-known employers. She is also instructed by CEO’s and other senior executives when joining or exiting a business, often in high profile moves.

Her team covers a broad range of issues for both employers and employees, notably contractual disputes, disciplinary matters, unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, post termination restrictions and confidentiality issues (drafting and enforcement).

She was recognised as a foreign expert in Chambers Global 2014 for her work for Italian companies and their UK subsidiaries and UK domiciled Italian executives. She advises Italian companies and works closely with executives, particularly those in financial services and the IT sector, and those who are relocating from Italy to the UK.

Secretary Elise Jenkins


I had the pleasure of working with Claire and her team at Withers LLP after being recommended to them by a colleague of mine. Not only did I find the service impeccable, they worked really hard to ensure that my interests were taken care of and that I got the best possible outcome from what was a difficult and personal situation for myself. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Withers LLP and Claire and her team. Well done guys, and thank you again.

Andrew Bartle, Founder of Quarters Developments Ltd

Claire Christy is an outstanding lawyer. Both knowledgeable and proficient, particularly in the film and television world, she always offers clear advice and sound guidance every step of the way.

Anna Higgs, Senior Media Executive

My counsel excelled in delivering a truly personable approach; taking the time to understand me, my story and values: providing exactly the right advice, guidance and support to fit my needs. Their knowledge in their discipline, and that provided by colleagues on interrelated issues, was always accurate, up-to-date, detailed and proactively provided, often pre-empting any issues long before they developed and ensured my advice was complete and all possibilities covered. It’s in part, because of these amazing people that I was able to move forward through a very challenging time.

Sean McInnes, Veterinary Surgeon & Life Coach

I have worked with Withers for more than five years and found them consistently fast, rigorous and thoughtful in their approach.  I’ve received very individual support which has combined clear understanding of complex technical issues with wise personal advice.

William Eccleshare, Chairman & CEO of Clear Channel International

Track record



Acting for the minority shareholder in a family run business in a multi jurisdiction dispute.

Advising on quasi partnership and unfair prejudice issues.

Advising a London based broking house on its conversion to an LLP and on related employment and partnership issues.

England and Wales, 1998

British Italian Law Association

Employment Lawyers Association

Industrial Law Society



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