• Office
  • Faviell House
  • 1 Coval Wells
  • Chelmsford
  • Essex
  • CM1 1WZ
  • Tel: 01245 453800

Claire Read

Partner, Head of Private Client Department

I care about clients and finding a solution that is right for them. I constantly deliver on the friendly and personal approach! I break down complex tax areas into understandable language. I am based in our Chelmsford office, and am available for a free 15 minute chat over the phone on 01245 453835.

I specialise in trusts, administration of estates, and tax planning for the elderly, vulnerable and disabled. I first chose the area of probate because I got a real sense of satisfaction in knowing that I was helping someone in a time of need. Losing a loved one is so difficult, and knowing that I am helping and taking the burden off them is fulfilling. Today my work area is much wider than when I first started, with complex tax and trust advice. I love knowing that, with my tax planning advice, I am saving the client (or their families) lots of money.

I am Head of the Private Client Department, a Partner, TEP (Trusts and Estate Practitioner – STEP), and a Solicitors For the Elderly member.

I am a trustee of The Essex Community Foundation – a grant-making organisation that supports lots of different charities across Essex. As a Trustee, I visit different organisations that have received a grant and see the positive impact that sometimes a small sum of money can make in the community. It really is quite humbling. I am also an Honouree solicitor for Mid Essex Hospital Charitable Trust - I attend meetings and provide legal advice whenever needed.
 
Click here to listen to me live on the Ronnie Barbour show on BBC Essex. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS 
  • LLB (hons)
  • LPC Dip (legal practice diploma)
  • MA in Medical Ethics and Law
  • STEP
  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Essex Community Foundation trustee
  • Honouree solicitor for Mid Essex Hospital Charitable Trust

What is STEP?

  

Between working full time, and being a mother to two children aged 12 and 9, there does not seem to be lots of free time. However, some of my free time is taken up by being a Trustee of the Essex Community Foundation and raising their profile so that charities all over Essex can benefit. I enjoy swimming and try to swim twice a week. I love food and make a mean chocolate and fresh cream cake (according to my husband!). My favourite holidays are skiing holidays with toboggan runs that my whole family can enjoy racing down. Finally, I love all things Disney and fast roller coaster rides.

Wills, Trusts and Probate Team - South Essex

We provide practical solutions, in an easy to understand way, by bringing together specialisms from different legal areas for a joined-up approach.

We are always happy to speak to our clients about their matter, without them feeling afraid of charges being incurred immediately. We put the client first and ensure that we can help them before we charge!

What our clients say

  • My husband died suddenly and unexpectedly. Birkett Long - Claire - kept in constant contact, helping me dealing with my husbands estate. I cannot praise them enough for their compassion and efficiency. I would recommend them wholeheartedly.
  • Found all staff including receptionists, legal assistants and solicitors very friendly and very efficient. They kept us up to date with all aspects of the work being carried out on our behalf. Many thanks.