Claire Christy


Claire is a partner in the employment team and is a High Court litigation specialist with High Court cases being at the core of her practice.

She advises individuals and organisations on employment, shareholder and partnership law across a wide range of business sectors including financial services, insurance, IT, property development, media, fashion and art. She is regularly instructed on High Court claims, for senior executives and companies, and has considerable experience acting in disputes between shareholders in owner managed businesses. She acted for the successful petitioner in the leading shareholder case of Croly v Good and is currently advising on several High Court contractual disputes. She understands the need for clear, commercial advice and has an excellent track record in negotiating settlements for her clients, including formal mediated settlements.

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 is recommended as an employment lawyer in Legal 500 2019. She was also 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.


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’s expertise, diligence and compassion made me feel that I had made the right choice using Withers.

Soren Demin, client

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 a well-known insurance company in the High Court in relation to claims brought by ex-employees.

Acting for defendants in High Court proceedings, defending allegations of misuse of confidential information and breach of contract Advising the minority shareholder in a family run business in a multi jurisdiction dispute including in the High Court Advising CEO’s, CFO’s and COO’s on acrimonious exits.

Advising senior executives on disciplinary proceedings in the context of an FCA investigation.

England and Wales, 1998

British Italian Law Association

Employment Lawyers Association

Industrial Law Society



  • English






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