Newnham Associates are an elected group of 60 Newnham alumnae, representing all subjects, broad life experiences, and most career routes and industry sectors. 

Current Newnham students and recent graduates are welcome to contact any Associate for help or advice. 

There is a contact form under each person's profile here, which will send an email directly to that individual Associate.

Do click through to LinkedIn profiles wherever they are available - there's often a lot more information there.

Claire Curtis

Claire Curtis

Having graduated from Newnham with a degree in modern languages (French and Spanish), I started my career in Public Relations advising clients on national and international media and crises strategies, internal communications, and stakeholder relations.

I have, however, always been interested in the law and ultimately that’s the path I decided to take.  I am a Solicitor-Advocate and I have a mixed commercial litigation practice advising clients in relation to professional liability disputes and high value commercial litigation. I handle professional liability disputes for professionals and their insurers, particularly those within the legal and property sectors, from valuation claims, professional liability issues, and risk management, to disputes arising from real estate and financial transactions, and commercial advice and drafting.  In my commercial litigation practice I have particular interest and experience in handling disputes involving fraud (including multi-jurisdiction claims), regulatory/governance matters, shareholder actions and partnership disputes, and disputes arising within the financial services, technology and sports sectors. I have worked at Charles Russell Speechlys and Clyde & Co, and have continued to use my languages by working in Geneva and Paris, and on cases with international elements.

A particular passion of mine is pro bono and since 2012 I have been involved with Together for Short Lives (TFSL), a national charity which supports families of children with life-limiting medical conditions. I act as a support advocate drawing on my legal experience to help the children and their families with a range of issues involving care packages, housing and education. No two cases are the same and each has its own challenges, and I thoroughly enjoy working with the families. 

As part of my volunteer work with TFSL, I helped set up a monthly legal clinic at Richard House Children's Hospice in East London, which is supported by volunteer lawyers. The clinic is very popular and the model is being rolled out across the UK by LawWorks so more families can benefit. I was very fortunate to receive the LawWorks' National Award for Best Contribution by an Individual 2016 for my pro bono work, and more recently the clinic won a Gold Award at the Corporate Engagement Awards 2018.

I am also the vice-chair of the governing body at a London primary school for children with severe or profound learning difficulties.

I have remained involved with the University and was elected onto the Newnham Associates in 2017 to support the College and students, and I sit on the Associates’ Committee with a particular focus on careers support for undergraduates and postgraduates.  I am very happy to provide general career advice and support (including CV review, interview practice, and considering career changes), and more specifically in relation to careers in law and pro bono / not for profit. Do get in touch and drop me a line.

Newnham 2001 - 2005, Modern and Medieval Languages

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/curtisclaire

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