Claire McAvinchey is a professional support executive in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) office, with experience in a wide range of legal matters.  Prior to joining the Firm in 2012, Claire was a solicitor at a premier Irish law firm and was also a researcher to the Irish Judiciary and the Law Reform Commission of Ireland.

Claire works closely with the other attorneys in the Turks and Caicos office on Admiralty, Shipping & Aviation matters, including arrest of vessels, dock and port licensing, marine cases, maritime law and admiralty litigation. Her related environmental law experience includes damage to natural resources, coral reef damage and fisheries legislation.

In Banking & Finance, Claire has experience with litigation matters, bonds, guarantees, debt recovery, enforcement of security and judgments, financial services law and regulation, mortgage actions, possession actions, insolvency, liquidations and receiverships.   She also assists private and corporate clients with mortgages, sales, purchases and transfers.

In the Corporate & Commercial arena, she has worked on corporate formation and reorganization, liquidations, insolvency and restructurings.

Claire has widespread experience in Employment & Labour matters, including compromise agreements, disciplinary and discharge issues, discrimination, employment contracts, equal pay, layoffs, redundancies, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, non-solicitation agreements, overtime disputes, sexual harrassment, workforce restructuring, wrongful dismissal, trade union matters and multi-jurisdictional compliance.

Claire has considerable expertise in Intellectual Property matters including IP litigation, patents and trademarks.

In the Insurance sector, Claire deals with insurance litigation, professional liability matters, and professional negligence.

Claire works closely with Stephen Wilson of the TCI office on a large array of Litigation & Dispute Resolution matters.    She has worked on many corporate and commercial disputes, including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, securities and investment fund litigation, product liability, restrictive agreements, fraud and white collar crime.  Her experience extends to defamation cases, libel and slander, negligence, nuisance, personal injury and strata disputes.

Claire is also actively involved in Property & Development matters.  Her experience in this sector includes landlord and tenant issues, condominium agreements, fractional ownership, time shares, mixed-use developments and subdivisions, as well as private and commercial leases.    During the various phases of the building process, Claire has assisted clients with development agreements, construction issues, management agreements, home owner association formations and government approvals.

Representative work includes:

  • Assisting lead counsel in advising the Claimant in a multi-jurisdictional Arbitration relating to a high value stock secured loan facility;
  • Part of work-team acting in a claim involving the enforcement of secured liabilities, from demand to enforcement of judgment stage;
  • Assisting lead counsel advising on contentious commercial and residential real estate disputes;
  • Assisting lead counsel defending a call on a high value retention bond including an application to stay the proceedings in light of the existence of an arbitration clause; and
  • Part of work-team advising on contentious labour and employment law disputes involving unfair dismissal and employment claims in the Labour Tribunal of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Practice Areas
  • University College Dublin (B.C.L.), Ireland
  • University of Glasgow (LL.M in International Law), United Kingdom
  • Law Society of Ireland (Solicitor; Diploma in Employment Law)
  • Roll of Solicitors, Ireland, 2009
Community Involvement
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union, Women’s Captain and Executive Committee Member
Speaking Engagements
  • Privity of Contract and Third Party Rights”, Law Reform Commission of Ireland, Consultation Paper,  (LRC – CP: 40/2006)
  • Law Society of Ireland