I am the lead Partner for the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team in London.
I specialise in private client disputes and litigation, specifically those concerning trust, estate and succession disputes. My clients include private individuals, trustees, executors, administrators, protectors and beneficiaries.
I deal with all manner of disputes both in the UK and internationally, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, will disputes, and claims in respect of beneficial interests in property.
I was named in Citywealth's list of Top 10 Powerwomen Trust Litigators 2020 and Top 100 Trust Litigators and Polymaths in May 2020. I'm also ranked in Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite Directory as 'One to Watch'.
Earl Bathurst (Deceased)  EWHC 21 (Ch);  WTLR 1207
A dispute concerning the estate of the 8th Earl Bathurst and the ability of his widow to use and enjoy valuable chattels.
A.H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd & Others v. His Excellency Sheik Saud Bin Mohammed Bin Al-Thani  EWHC 3156 (QB)
Acting for an auction house and obtaining a worldwide asset-freezing injunction against Sheikh Saud Al-Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar and one of the world's most prolific collectors of art and antiquities.
Wilson v. Dodd  EWHC 3727 (Ch)
Obtaining judgment for an American investor who was induced to invest in an English business due to a fraudulent misrepresentation.
Singellos v Singellos  EWHC 2353 (Ch) (The Times, 22 December 2010)
A multi-jurisdictional contentious probate dispute which extended a 19th Century legal principle relating to the necessary mental capacity to execute a will (Parker v Felgate) to documents executed to effect lifetime transfers to offshore companies.
Walbrook Trustees (Jersey) Ltd & Ors v Fattal  EWHC 2808  EWHC 991  EWHC Civ 427
Strike out of a claim against professional trustees for abuse of process.
"Calculated, clever, calmness and awe inspiring in her ability to navigate tough cases." - Citywealth Leaderslist 2020
"Claire-Marie Cornford is clever, experienced and runs the team with enormous energy... [she] is exceptionally talented and experienced. Fantastic and personal service. An extremely safe pair of hands.... An experienced and very impressive lawyer, client focused and tactically astute." - Legal 500, 2019
Claire-Marie has "a calm manner that helps to diffuse the most difficult of situations" - Legal 500, 2016
"Claire-Marie is a specialist in family trusts. She is 'a very safe pair of hands' and provides 'useful input on strategic decisions'." – Legal 500, 2014
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I was drawn to law by a desire to help others.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Developing a strong personal bond with my clients and supporting them through the litigation process.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I enjoy yoga, gardening, sport and driving fast cars.