Claire qualified as a Solicitor in April 2005, after initially training as a geologist. She specialises in environmental, waste and planning law and leads the Planning and Environment Team at Irwin Mitchell. Claire has a wide range of expertise in both planning and environmental law. She regularly advises on environmental crime such as: waste and water prosecutions, breach of consents and permits and statutory nuisance. She also advises on non-contentious environmental law such as: corporate due diligence, contaminated land liability and access to environmental information as well as advising on all legal issues associated with the waste management industry. Her planning practice includes amongst others compulsory purchase law and Judicial Review. She has recently acted for local authorities seeking planning advice as well as providing advice and assistance to corporate clients and individuals seeking planning permission or objecting to a neighbouring land use. She also advised a corporate client on the effects of the Mersey Gateway Bridge project.