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Practice Areas:

  • Private Law Children
  • Public Law Children
  • Family Law
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Financial Matters
  • Change of Name

Clare Charnley is a distinguished and accomplished Family Law Solicitor and High Courts Advocate, specialising in a wide range of family law matters. With expertise in various areas, including children law proceedings, non-molestation orders, domestic violence, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour, sexual abuse, physical abuse, the abuse of children, and jurisdictional issues, Clare has established herself as a highly respected and sought-after legal professional. Her recent representation in the High-Court case of Lancashire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWFC 30 (24th March 2023) exemplifies her exceptional skills and competence.


Before becoming a solicitor Clare worked for the NHS Pension Scheme and was heavily involved in dealing with pensions on divorce. She has worked within the field of family law since 2007 and was head of the family law department at a busy Blackpool firm before joining Scott-Moncrieff & Associated Ltd in 2013. Clare Charnley completed her legal education at the University of Central Lancashire.  She is also a proud member of Resolution, an organisation committed to resolving family law matters in a constructive and amicable manner. Clare Qualified as a High Courts Advocate (Civil Proceedings) in December 2015. Clare also gained Children Law Accreditation on 1st April 2024.


Clare possesses a diverse range of expertise in family law matters. She specialises in children law proceedings, navigating complex cases involving child custody, child protection, and child arrangements. Clare's compassionate and empathetic approach allows her to handle emotionally charged situations with care and sensitivity. Her extensive knowledge of the legal framework, combined with her strategic thinking, ensures that her clients' best interests are always at the forefront.

In addition to her work with children, Clare is highly experienced in cases involving domestic violence and abuse. She has undertaken complex cases involving serious / life threatening non-accidental injury cases and sexual harm. She adeptly handles matters related to domestic violence, providing legal protection and support for victims. Clare is well-versed in the legal mechanisms surrounding non-molestation orders and restraining orders, utilising her expertise to secure the safety and well-being of her clients.

Furthermore, Clare has a deep understanding of issues surrounding drug and alcohol abuse within the context of family law. She assists clients in navigating the complexities of these cases, ensuring appropriate measures are taken to protect the welfare of affected family members, particularly children. Clare's comprehensive knowledge of the legal implications and her ability to collaborate with relevant professionals allows her to provide comprehensive support to her clients.

Clare also deals with cases involving coercive and controlling behaviour, recognising the importance of addressing the psychological and emotional impact on victims. She strives to empower her clients to break free from abusive relationships and guides them through the legal process with compassion.

Additionally, Clare has experience in cases related to sexual abuse, physical abuse, including the abuse of children. She has represented clients in findings of fact hearings, including when children have given evidence in proceedings.

Jurisdictional issues can pose complex challenges in family law cases, especially in cases involving international elements. Clare has the knowledge and experience to navigate these intricate jurisdictional matters, ensuring that her clients' cases are effectively presented and pursued in the appropriate legal forums.

Professional Approach

Clare is known for her client-centred approach and unwavering dedication to her clients' well-being. She provides compassionate guidance throughout the legal process, ensuring that her clients feel supported and empowered. Clare's objective is to provide clear and practical advice, enabling her clients to make informed decisions that align with the best interests of their families. She upholds the highest ethical standards and believes in the principles of justice and fairness.

Clare Charnley is an accomplished and compassionate Family Law Solicitor and High Courts Advocate, specialising in a wide range of family law matters. Her extensive experience, unwavering dedication, and commitment to her clients set her apart as an exceptional advocate within the field of family law.