I'm head of our South Coast Family Team with national and international clients, having joined Irwin Mitchell as a Partner in 2015. I have over 30 years' experience in family law matters.
I headed up our award-winning Birmingham family team before relocating from the Midlands to Chichester.
I specialise in all aspects of family law, including those with international issues, both in relation to finance and children. I’m a member of Resolution and Reunite (the leading UK charity specialising in child abduction). I’m also the only Midlands based Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers.
I help many clients through collaborative law but can be a robust litigator whenever and wherever needed.
I regularly represent entrepreneurs, business owners, police officers of all ranks and high profile members of the sporting world. My recent Court of Appeal case of Brack v Brack drew on my experience in international pre-nuptial agreements and international finance / tax related matters, frequently arising in cross-border, multi-national cases.
I’m also regarded as an expert in wealth, advising cohabitants, those engaged to be married, their family members and business partners seeking to protect wealth/assets in the event of a divorce.
I’m dedicated to all my clients and their needs, treating every case with a pragmatic and strategic approach, as well as the utmost discretion.
My work in relation to children matters includes cases involving serious allegations of physical and emotional harm, abduction, cases involving disputes over choice of school and national and international relocation.
Away From The Office
I am a mother of three so understand the challenges of family life. I have been committed to pro-bono work as a Trustee of a local nursery for a number of years and wherever possible try to find time to enjoy the outdoors, away from my desk.
I am a keen swimmer, skier and have become partial to the odd cruise or two!
- DB v PB  EWHC 3431 (Fam)
- Brack v Brack  EWCA Civ 2862
- Jordans’ Family Law Team of the Year 2017
- Birmingham Law Society – Family Law team – Excellence in Client Service 2019
"Clare Wiseman - a super strong leader who is such a talented lawyer. She is modest and calm but has an inner steel." - Legal 500, 2023
"Clare is really impressive, She is very knowledgeable but also shows great care for her clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2023
"Clare is very impressive... She is a very good and straightforward lawyer." - Chambers & Partners, 2022 (Leading Individual - band 2)
"Clare Wiseman leads this team with grace, calm with an underlying inner of steel. I imagine most opponents quake when they know she is on a case. Clients know that they are in the safest and strongest of hands. The team support she provides is immeasurable." - Legal 500, 2022 (Leading Individual)
Clare is a "highly respected family law practitioner." – Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Leading Individual - Band 2)
"Clare Wiseman is a very capable lawyer and leads a very good team." – Legal 500, 2021 (Leading Individual)
Clare Wiseman is "an emotionally intelligent and confident leader who delivers with grace and ease. Committed to her people, her clients and the law . . . [she] is a brilliant solicitor, but at the same time is very approachable and friendly." – Legal 500, 2020
"She commands the utmost respect because she is warm, approachable, knowledgeable and genuinely has the client's best interests at heart." – Chambers & Partners, 2019
"A formidable reputation in the world of Birmingham family law." – Legal 500, 2018/19
"Friendly, engaging and always available." – Chambers & Partners, 2018
"She is always on top of the case, deals with clients well and is really impressive in the way she just gets on with things. She's a pleasure to work with." – Chambers & Partners 2017
Her "personal charm and work ethic permeates the whole department." – Legal 500, 2017
A "leading individual" in family law within the West Midlands area – Legal 500
"I met with a solicitor before I contacted Irwin Mitchell, and he made me feel like I had a mountain to climb. Then I met Clare Wiseman of Irwin Mitchell. She made me feel like she’d wake me up when we’d reached the top of the mountain. Not only does she know the law inside out, she cares. Not just to get the best possible outcome for you, but in all aspects. I worried about the financial aspect of paying solicitor fees, and she introduced me to her team, and most of my case was dealt with by Hollie Orgee in her team.
Hollie was always available when I needed her, and often listened to me cry with fear and frustration. Even though she must deal with the same thing time and again, she never made me feel like my worries were unnecessary. She made me feel like I was justified, and then calmly sorted my problem. This may be a heartfelt review, but it’s the least they deserve. They sent me a bouquet of flowers when I moved out of the marital home to wish me well with my new beginning. I cannot rate them highly enough!" - 5* Trustpilot review
"I was recommended to use Clare Wiseman by a friend of mine - it was the best recommendation I could have ever received. Clare is calm, compassionate, both professional and personable, full of common sense and sees not only 1 step ahead, but a dozen, and advises accordingly. I have already recommended Clare to others and will continue to do so. A very stressful time was made much easier by having Clare on my side.." - 5* Trustpilot review
"A superb service from Irwin Mitchell (Clare & Emma) supporting me over a 18 month window to achieve a court order amendment & termination. Throughout the process the team were ‘at my side’ giving excellent advice & direction to achieve a fair conclusion & result. It is tough to identify any areas where help could have been greater - thank you" - 5* Trustpilot review
"Having the expert advice and supportive practical guidance from Irwin Mitchell was truly invaluable to me. Clare Wiseman spared no effort to help me through each stage of the formal legal process including the critically important area of financial settlement and the arrangements in respect of my 8 year old daughter. I had total confidence that my interests and that of my daughter were being protected and that peace of mind is worth its weight in gold during such a difficult time. I cannot praise or recommended Irwin Mitchell and Clare Wiseman enough." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Through the most difficult traumatic time of my life after losing my daughter, Clare was always professional, knowledgeable, kind, caring and honest. The advice given was always spot on and delivered to us in a sensitive warm manner. We honestly could not have asked for any better team than Clare's and would thoroughly recommend them in a heartbeat with no reservations whatsoever.." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Clare Wiseman at Irwin Mitchell has provided the highest level of legal support consistently over several years with successful outcomes. I can recommend Clare and her team to handle complex matters with great efficiency." - Client