Claire Tan

Claire Tan
Lawyer, Consultant
Juris Doctor, LL.M, BSc (Hons)

Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Hokkien

Phone: +61 3 9664 4700
Email: claire.tan@nevile.com.au

 

Area of Practice

Property Law
Commercial Law
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Family Law


Claire holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from Monash University, an Honours in Science from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Claire became a qualified lawyer in August 2013 and worked as a class action lawyer at a renowned national plaintiff law firm where she was involved in four high-profile cases. She then joined a boutique law firm and practised in commercial and corporate law, dispute resolution, litigation and family law. She then founded her own law firm and extended her expertise to property law. Her practice now merged with Nevile & Co.

As a litigator, she has appeared or instructed at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Federal Court of Australia, Family Court, County Court, Federal Circuit Court, Magistrates Court and VCAT. She cannot tolerate injustice and wants to help people. Being a pragmatist, she prefers a Win/Win outcome than a Win/Lose or Lose/Lose outcome.

As a property lawyer, she has acted for foreign purchasers, first home buyers, and property developers. She is a property enthusiast and regularly surfs and reads about property development and investment. She is a rookie property developer herself.

As a commercial lawyer, she has acted for owners and buyers of restaurants, cafes, nightclub, car washes, and variety shops. She is particularly interested in start-ups and innovative business ideas.

As a family lawyer, she regularly advised clients on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial financial and property matters. Although she is not a fan of the volatile nature of the practice, she finds it rewarding if she is able to knock some sense into someone’s head or to empower her client to move on from a toxic relationship.

Her career portfolio prior to becoming a lawyer was somewhat confusing: she was a researcher in the area of neuroscience and sex hormones, a technician in cancer research and dermatopathology, and a skewer business owner. She finally settled in her legal career, not merely because she enjoys solving legal problems, but because she enjoys empowering people to be a better version of themselves and to find long-term happiness through the practice of law.

Outside of law, she is the president of one of Melbourne’s oldest dragon boat clubs, CYSM Sea Dragons, a dragon boat athlete, a self-taught amateur cook. She also likes to draw and paint. Others described her as being bold, sometimes rebellious, doesn’t like to conform and always challenges the status quo. Creativity is an integral part of her work.