Claire Shrimpton > Chambers of George Coates > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers

Work Department



Claire is an experienced family law practitioner with proven skills in the day-to-day advocacy, preparation and management of ongoing actions as well as the giving of pre-action advice. A large proportion of the caseload involves interaction with clients in crisis situations.

  • Acted in cases on both the private and public law aspects of the Children Act. The range of casework in public proceedings covers serious sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, emotional harm and neglect.
  • Acting for Local Authorities, Guardians, parents and grandparents issues of poor parenting skills caused by mental illness or drug/alcohol dependency are tested in contested Care and Adoption proceedings.
  • Residence and Contact cases include both marital disputes and also long-running “implacable hostility” cases, together with applications on behalf of members of the extended family for contact.
  • Other cases involve the issue of contact to parents living abroad or wishing to reside permanently out of the jurisdiction. I regularly deal with cases of domestic violence, occupation of the matrimonial home, protection from harassment and enforcement of orders obtained in such cases.


Called 1983; Inner Temple.


Family Law Bar Association; Association of Lawyers for Children.


Hatfield Girls’ Grammar School; University of Hull (LLB (Hons)); Inns of Court School of Law, London.


Previously school governor of Ryeish Green School. Social interests include rugby union, Tudor history, gardening and being an animal welfare volunteer.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)) Ranked: Tier 2

Claire ShrimptonGuildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.

Guildford Chambersis a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield’. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are ‘all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients‘, with Coates ‘a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers‘.