Claire Roantree > Boyes Turner > Reading, England > Lawyer Profile

Boyes Turner

Work Department

Personal Injury


As a partner in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team, Claire acts for clients with life-changing injuries, such as mild to very severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns, complex orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury, chronic pain and PTSD.

Claire has a specialist interest in acquired brain injury where her focus is on using the claims process to facilitate early intervention and timely, targeted rehabilitation. Claire’s experience with head injured clients has given her invaluable insight into the power of rehabilitation to restore mobility and independence, to assist with a supported return to work and participation in family and social activity, giving clients a sense of purpose and self-worth which all help to maximise the client’s recovery after a life-changing injury.


Graduating from the University of Wolverhampton and then from the College of Law in York Claire first worked in mortgage repossession at DLA Piper. She then received a training contract at Listers where she qualified in 1997. Claire went on to head the PI team at David Yablon eventually moving to become team leader and then partner at Colemans-ctts. During the time she was head of the Serious Personal Injury team with responsibility to set up and run the team Colemans-ctts merged with Simpson Millar, Claire was kept on as head of the team.


Claire is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, APIL (Brain Injury Specialist Interest Group), Headway and ABIL (Acquired Brain Injury across London). She also has Senior Litigator accreditation from APIL.


Eating out, skiing, walking, running, going to the theatre and live concerts.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Boyes Turner, a ‘solid firm with a wealth of talent and experience’ has a strong offering for both personal injury and clinical negligence. Susan Brown leads the team alongside PI expert Kim Smerdon who has over twenty-five years of experience handling catastrophic injury cases. Key partner and experienced trial lawyer Richard Money-Kyrle handles high-value and complex cerebral palsy and neonatal brain injury matters, and is supported by Vanessa Wand and Julie Marsh, who comprise the medical negligence group. On the personal injury side, Claire Roantree is the contact for complex orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury. Laura Magson heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos disease team and is highly rated by clients. She also acts for victims of road traffic accidents, including cyclists and pedestrians.