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Clare Bellis

Partner | Oxford

"Clare Bellis is excellent. She is very competent, but also easy to deal with. Clare’s attention to detail and technical legal knowledge are second to none. I would highly recommend!"
The Legal 500. 2024

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About Clare

Clare heads up the property litigation team in our Oxford office. She acts for developers, public sector, retail, tenants, property investors, landed estates and charities in helping to resolve the full range of disputes relating to commercial, residential and agricultural property – all with the aim of maximising the value and enjoyment of the property.

She specialises in working with the rural and development sectors, acting as a property lawyer on option/promotion and development disputes and agricultural tenancy disputes. Clare also has wide experience in professional negligence claims, particularly those involving property.

Clare’s approach is to work alongside clients to fully understand their business and objectives, with an aim to resolve disputes as swiftly and cost effectively as possible. This may involve court proceedings, Land Registry adjudication or some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (such as mediation, arbitration or PACT).

Clare is Recognised as a Recommended Lawyer and listed as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 (2024 edition) in Property Litigation. She’s also recognised as a Leading Individual by Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).


  • Property Litigation Association
  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association

Notable work & expertise


  • OC

    “Clare…we really appreciate the responsive, clearly explained and fully joined up support that Freeths provided. It was a surprisingly complex and...

    Oxford College

  • RE

    “We appreciate Clare’s assertive and proactive approach.”

    Rural Estate

  • C

    “Thank you for dealing with a very difficult situation in a very professional manner, without your tenacity and advice I am sure the outcome would...


  • CT

    “Clare, please accept my immense thanks for all your help, and belief that it was possible to succeed against a difficult opponent. You did so well...

    Client Testimonial

  • “Clare Bellis brings an unusual mix of both property litigation and professional negligence experience and expertise, but at a level that enables t...

    The Legal 500


  • “Clare Bellis is very dedicated and client focused. She gives clear practical advice

    The Legal 500


  • “Clare is excellent – she is very knowledgeable on the law and commercially astute.”

    Chambers & Partners


  • “Clare Bellis – a bright lawyer; well-attuned to client needs and pressures; very sensible and pragmatic; depth of real estate knowledge, also info...

    The Legal 500


  • “She is very experienced, very committed to the case and cuts through complex issues quickly."

    Chambers & Partners


  • “The team I have worked with at Freeths in the last year are Rosalyn Shephard and Clare Bellis. To me they stand out because they are both good wit...

    The Legal 500


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