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 litigator. David’s career has taken him far and wide. He spent 6 years in London, including a period with Memery Crystal. He also worked for Muckle and Sintons in Newcastle. Subsequently David moved to the UAE 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 pro bono work.
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.