Administration, Debt Recovery and Dispute Resolution
I joined Smith Partnership as a Solicitor in 2007 from a Nottingham-based practice.
I joined the firm to work within the Dispute Resolution team and specifically the Debt Recovery team. Two years later I was promoted to Associate Partner and promoted again to Partner in 2013. I have made a concerted effort since I joined the firm to develop the Debt Recovery team and was successful in doing so. The Debt Recovery team has seen both its client base and profits rise since I joined the team.
I have always taken an active role in the business development of the firm and was recently promoted to Business Development Partner and I now oversee the business development for the entire firm where I am supported by four colleagues. As the Business Development Partner I have a great knowledge of the business community in the East Midlands area, and also regularly meet the needs of clients from our Burton and Leicester offices.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my dog Archie, a Golden Labrador and swimming – but not both at the same time. My guilty pleasure is trash TV, my favourite being Honey Boo Boo. I also enjoy baking and I must admit being on the Great British Bake Off is a lifetime ambition of mine.
As well as leisure activities, I also enjoy getting involved in charitable work. I support a number of charities both by volunteering and providing advice both on a legal and business development basis.
Claire at a glance:
2007 Joined the firm as a solicitor in the Debt Recovery team
2009: Promoted to Associate Partner of the firm
2013: Promoted to Partner
Legal 500 quote:
"At Smith Partnership, team head Claire Twells always goes the extra mile. In 2012, the firm processed £23m worth of debt for clients such as Bostik. The group also has a niche in recovering debt for educational institutions."