Claire Nielsen

  • Diploma in Law
  •  Accredited Family Law Specialist 
  • Member of the Law Society of NSW
  • Member of the Northern Beaches Solicitors Association
  • Member of the North Shore Family Law Practice Group
  • Member of the Northern Beaches Collaborative Law Practice Group
  • Formidable Leader of Shipton & Associates

Claire’s legal journey first began as a legal secretary in a bustling Family Law practice of a big city firm. In 1999, she joined the Shipton & Associates team as a paralegal while studying her Diploma in Law part-time in 2003.

Armed with determination, Claire graduated with a Diploma in Law from the Legal Profession Admission Board in 2008, having won the prestigious Thompson Legal Prize for Family Law in March 2008. 

In July 2008, Claire was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia. Since her admission in 2008, Claire has become a versatile solicitor with experience in a variety of areas of law including Family Law, Wills & Estates, Conveyancing and Criminal Law. 

Claire has embraced the spirit of community service as a volunteer at the Manly Community Legal Centre. She believes in giving back and making a positive impact on the lives of those around her.

After first joining the Shipton & Associates’ team in 2000, under the leadership of Michael Shipton as Principal Solicitor, Claire went on to acquire the practice in 2017. Claire is now the Principal Solicitor of Shipton & Associates. 

Claire is also an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

Given Claire’s extensive experience in Family Law, in 2020 she was appointed as an Independent Children’s Lawyer. Again taking the opportunity to give back to the community and make a positive impact in people’s lives. 

Claire is your trusted guide in all areas of Family Law, whether it’s divorce, parenting, property settlement, family violence, child support or spousal maintenance – with a professional yet empathetic approach. Claire has successfully represented clients in various courts and aims for timely, practical and positive outcomes.

Outside the Law

Claire is a classic ‘horse girl’ at heart. She’s always had a flare for the equestrian side of life! In her spare time Claire spends quality time with her son, Leo, and visiting her horse, Zorro. 

Join the Claire Nielsen Experience!

Claire Nielsen is more than just an accomplished solicitor – she is a family law expert, driven by a passion for justice and a desire to make a difference. Embrace a modern twist of the law with Claire, where expertise meets heart.