Claire Rolston is our principal solicitor and resident employment expert, having practised employment law almost exclusively since she qualified in 2001. After leaving her native North East to study Law and German at Liverpool University, Claire finally returned “home” in 2012, bringing with her the law firm she had set up whilst living and working in Leeds. Claire’s calm approach brings a confident reassurance for clients and she divides her time between advising employees and employers, which gives her a more rounded view of the employment relationship and helps resolve disputes when they arise. Claire has been described by one of her HR clients as a “straight-talking expert who can make the complex understandable”.
She also enjoys training HR professionals and management on issues that might expose companies to an employment tribunal claim. Being a litigator at heart, she especially enjoys dealing with tribunal claims and has enjoyed particular success in claims brought on behalf of town and parish clerks.
Claire has two daughters who keep her very busy, mostly on the football field, where she is now an FA Level 1 qualified football coach. If she can find any spare time, she tries to fit in a game of golf or two. She’s also recently uncovered the joy of skiing and tries to visit the Aosta Valley whenever she can.
Following a career in scientific research in the health sector, academia and the Scientific Civil Service, Helen converted to Law. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, she specialised in Employment law, working for two of the major commercial firms in Newcastle, before leaving to set up an employment law consultancy business. Helen has continued to practise as a Consultant Solicitor and became a Consultant Solicitor for CLR Law in 2018.
Helen has previously served on the Board of Directors of Norcare and the Northumbria Coalition Against Crime, and is currently on the Board of Haven (Tyneside) Limited and is the Director responsible for HR. In her spare time Helen is a keen walker and is the secretary of a local walking club.
David Lant is a vastly experienced commercial/civil litigation solicitor. David’s career has taken him far and wide. He spent 6 years in London including with renowned City firm Blake Turner, and a period with Memery Crystal. He also worked for Muckle and Sintons in Newcastle. Subsequently David moved to Dubai where he spent 4 years. He was responsible for setting up a new litigation department for a prominent regional law firm and won an award from the Dubai International Financial Centre Court for his commitment to pro bono work. Clients will find him extremely approachable and tenacious as a litigator.
David has a young daughter and a Springer Spaniel, both of which keep him on his toes. He is a keen surfer and on a day off work he can be found in the baltic waters of coastal Northumberland.
Christopher Noon graduated from King’s College London in 2000 and the following year graduated from Durham University becoming a secondary school teacher. Having worked as a teacher for a number of years Chris decided to retrain to become a solicitor and having graduated from Northumbria University in 2006 started working in Family Law, Housing Law and Criminal/Prison Law.
Chris then joined the Prison Law department at Chivers Solicitors in 2010 and dealt with some high profile cases including SF v Secretary of State for Justice (Cross Border Transfer) and KG v Secretary of State for Justice (Transgender Discrimination).
Chris set up NE Law but after six years of extremely hard work NE Law has had to close its doors. Chris is currently a part-time lecturer at Teesside University and is acting head of the Student Law Clinic, supervising the students who provide pro bono legal advice. Now also a consultant at CLR Law, Chris has been given the opportunity to specialise in family law and will endeavour to provide support and assistance for clients who are going through a family crisis.
Chis is committed to offering affordable legal advice with a personal and committed service. He is approachable and is generous with his time. He is a father of two and in his spare time enjoys cooking, binge box set viewing and if you must do exercise, cycling.