Our Team

Our Team

Claire McCarthy

Claire McCarthy

  • Solicitor| Senior Legal Consultant
  • External Consultant|Real Estate-Commercial and Residential
Membership of Professional Bodies

Law Society of England & Wales


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (September 2000)


German (degree level)

I have worked closely with Claire for the last five years on a particularly unusual real estate transaction and I cannot speak too highly of the consummate skill, patience and depth of knowledge of all the issues that Claire routinely displayed. Throughout the whole process Claire routinely demonstrated the all important attribute of getting things done to her clients complete satisfaction.

Doug Dowie

Claire McCarthy has represented my interests in Dubai for a number of years. Ably supported by her associates, she has always responded to both the routine and the unexpected promptly, efficiently and with meticulous care. She blends professionalism and sensitivity to the needs of the client. I would recommend her very warmly indeed.

Janice Benett Hunter

After qualifying, Claire spent eight years practising as a commercial property solicitor, in private practice in London, having originally trained at Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner).

Claire has advised clients for James Berry & Associates for over six years, on both commercial and residential real estate legal matters. On the commercial property side, Claire advises on commercial leases and related management work. On the residential property side, she advises on all aspects of buying and selling property in Dubai and also landlord and tenant issues. Claire represents many clients under power of attorney, where they live overseas, enabling her to complete transactions for them, in accordance with their instructions, without their presence in Dubai being necessary.

Claire has advised hundreds of investors on their off plan property disputes with developers in Dubai. She has represented many clients in cases filed at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.


  • Tiffin Girls’ School, (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey)
  • Liverpool University (LL.B. (Hons) degree in Law and German (the third year of this four year degree was spent studying German law, in German, at Bremen Universität in Germany))
  • College of Law, Guildford (Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1998)

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