Clare joined the Balance family as a consultant in June 2020
Clare runs her own practice CJ Legal, which opened in Adelaide in 2015. CJ Legal is now based in Brisbane where Clare resides with her Defence partner Jason. It’s Clare’s goal to assist families with navigating their way through various legal issues.
As a Defence spouse herself, Clare has a special interest in assisting Defence families with all the unique associated challenges that military life brings. Clare’s legal career includes employment with the Department of Justice in the Northern Territory; and for Public Trustee in South Australian; in Private Practice; and in the Community Legal Sector.
A passion for social justice means Clare has worked as a volunteer solicitor for various Community Legal Services, in every state she has lived in. Clare is currently a volunteer solicitor at Women’s Legal Service in QLD.
In July 2015 Clare completed her Independent Children’s Lawyer course, which in combination with her 24+ years of nursing and other experience brings a unique perspective to her legal practice.
Clare has appeared on the Happy Lawyer Happy Life (episode 121) and the Military Wife Military Life (episode 49) Podcasts and in Lawyers Weekly publications.
Clare’s superpower is empathy, and she is passionate about ensuring her client’s have all the information that they need to make informed choices about their future and the future of their families.
When Clare is not lawyering… (read more)
Clare enjoys spending time with her partner, family, friends and furbabies. After the passing of her own Great Dane Tas, Clare now assists Adopt a Dane in QLD, as a foster carer, helping Great Dane’s transition to their “fur-ever” homes.
Clare loves all the Good “C’s”… you know Coffee, Chocolate, Cheese and Bubbles 😊
Clare enjoys Music, Dancing and any creative outlet. Baking for fun and family reminds Clare of her Dad, who was a cake decorator and baker.
You’ll also find Marilyn Munroe hanging in Clare’s closet (among other things) as she has been part of the Marilyn Jetty Swim team in South Australia for many years now (yes that’s a real thing, you can check them out online). These amazing ladies fundraise every year for Cancer Council SA.