"Claire Wood is highly esteemed for her practice in family law. She has been held in high regards and she seems to be on top of it and knows exactly what she’s doing.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

"The incredibly bright Claire Wood is increasingly involved in high-end matrimonial finance issues, including nuptial agreements. She has notable expertise in surrogacy issues and cases involving farming assets. Sources commend her skills as a 'tough negotiator'."

Chambers UK 2018

"She has a thriving international family practice and is particularly noted for the strength of her finance and surrogacy expertise. She is described as extremely solid, reliable, hard-working and client-focused."

Chambers UK, 2017


Claire returned to Kingsley Napley as Legal Counsel in 2022, having previously worked at the firm from 2008- 2018. Claire is a family lawyer with over 15 years’ experience of advising clients on divorce or separation, financial settlement, prenuptial agreements and the arrangements for children.


She has expertise in cases involving:

  • Complex financial arrangements including business assets and LTIPs
  • Cross border family law, in particular with assets in, or connections with, France
  • Surrogacy issues
  • International relocation

Clients have confidence in Claire’s commercial approach to cases and describe her as efficient, supportive and clear in her advice.  Legal directories have commended her skills as a “tough negotiator”.

Claire speaks French and has built up a significant Anglo-French family law practice. Over many years, she has acted for clients with French links on all aspects of  their separation including the financial implications of cross border divorce, Anglo- French prenuptial agreements and the relocation of children. Claire’s language skills and technical expertise mean she is sought after by francophone clients for advice on divorce, relocation and enforcement.  She advises on jurisdiction disputes, working cross border with trusted foreign lawyers.

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Anglo French Services

As part of our international services we offer support to Anglo French nationals and families living in the UK and British expats living in France.

Anglo French Specialist Family Law Service

We provide specialist bilingual family expertise to separating couples and Anglo-French families with disputes relating to finance, children or both.

Anglo French Prenuptial Agreements

It is important to take advice on the value of a French marriage contract here in England, as the law in England and Wales works very differently to French family law and also on how an English prenuptial agreement might apply abroad. These questions affect international couples.

Anglo French Divorce and Separation

There are important differences in the financial outcomes between English and French law (or the laws of other Francophone countries) in situations of separation or divorce. Clients often have a choice of where to bring proceedings, so seeking early advice is often of vital importance to the outcome.

Anglo French Disputes Involving Children

In cases where there are English elements to the situation, we advise clients on a successful strategy for negotiation or before the English court. In situations where the children are French resident, we can refer you to a leading French family lawyer so that any French proceedings can be handled effectively for you.

Anglo French FAQ

We have set out frequently asked questions relating to the significant differences in the outcomes between family proceedings in England and France in respect of finance and children.

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