Claire is known for being a focused and strategic commercial lawyer committed to delivering on client outcomes. Having started her legal career almost 20 years ago in Sydney in banking and finance law, Claire returned to Canberra and continued to practice broadly in commercial law including corporate governance, property law, contracts, corporations law, employment law, privacy law, intellectual property law and, naturally being in Canberra, government business. While Claire grew up in Canberra, she is originally from Melbourne and continues to have strong roots to the City. This and her focus on our nationally operating clients has seen her commitment to the firm’s expansion to Melbourne.

When she is not at work, you’ll find Claire at a sporting field somewhere in Canberra with one of her four children – or, like many 40 something women, at her book club.


  • Commercial law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property and planning
  • Privacy
  • Governance
  • Sports law


  • Bachelor of Laws – Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts – Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law, NSW
  • Professional Certificate in Workplace Leadership – University of Melbourne
  • Approved Auditor under the Secure Local Jobs Code


  • ACT Law Society
  • NSW Law Society
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Canberra Women in Business


  • Daramalan College 2014 – 2017
  • YMCA of Canberra 2004 – 2014


  • Winner – Young Business Woman of the Year 2012, ACT Chamber of Women in Business
  • Winner – Australasian Lawyer 2018 Law Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees)
  • Finalist – Australasian Lawyer 2017 Law Firm Leader of the Year (<200 employees)
  • Finalist – Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year 2017

Claire is a founding partner of Griffin Legal
T: (02) 6198 3100
E: claire.carton@griffinlegal.com.au