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Claire, who qualified as a solicitor in 2000, joined TSP’s Corporate and Commercial team in 2001. She deals with a broad range of Corporate Commercial work, advising traditional, corporate and limited liability partnerships on all issues including those arising on admission, retirement, dissolution and various disputes. Claire also advises owner-managed businesses, SMEs and international manufacturing groups on business-critical contracts, and assists private and public companies on corporate governance, directors’ duties and acquisitions and disposals.
Claire has a particular interest in healthcare provision, advising individual GP Practices and GP Federations on NHS primary care contracts and sub-contracting arrangements.
Claire studied law at the University of Hull and from there went straight on to study for her Legal Practice Certificate (LPC) at the College of Law, York. She has worked at Thompson Smith and Puxon since 2001 and in 2009 became the director of Claire Powell Ltd, a corporate partner in the firm.
Thompson Smith and Puxon has, for a number of years, been highlighted by the Legal 500 as a Leading Firm in this practice area and in the 2018/19 edition Claire continues to be recommended for her work in this area.
In the latest edition the Legal 500 [UK 2018/19] described the team as follows: “Thompson Smith and Puxon’s corporate department provides ‘exemplary service’ with an ‘efficient, pragmatic and commercial approach’ and ‘resolves matters in a prompt and professional way’. M&A, restructurings, commercial contracts, business disposals and sponsor agreements form the bulk of the practice’s work. The team achieved a growth in matters relating to the agricultural, construction and food industries, while healthcare remains a strong focus.
In the 2017 edition Claire was noted for her work in the healthcare sector. The Legal 500 said “The lawyers advise on NHS contracts as well as pilot schemes, partnership arrangements and business disposals. Additionally, the ‘thorough, knowledgeable and responsive’ Claire Powell also specialises in advising GP practices and healthcare franchise work.”
Client testimonials for Claire’s work in the healthcare sector and beyond are detailed below:
CLIENT: Sharon Kendall, Managing Partner COMPANY: Ambrose Avenue Group Practice
TESTIMONIAL: Claire Powell provided us with quick and pragmatic advice, guiding us through the complex merger process. She worked within our extremely tight timescale and understood our objectives, helping to secure a positive outcome for our practice. Claire Powell was always happy to be on the end of the telephone for any concerns, questions and queries we had. We could not have got the positive outcome we did without her professional help.
CLIENT: Mark Galloway, Chief Executive COMPANY: GP Primary Choice Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Thompson Smith and Puxon have been great to work with. Claire Powell combines excellent technical knowledge with a pro-active and commercial approach, ensuring our objectives are met in the timescale required. They feel like an extended member of our team. I have been delighted to introduce TSP to other business contacts over the last 12 months.
CLIENT: Hugh Weston-Smith, Finance Director COMPANY/FIRM: Sphere S.A
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Claire Powell and the team at Thompson Smith and Puxon for a number of years. Claire combines excellent technical expertise with keen commercial awareness, providing practical advice within challenging timescales
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