I joined Porter Dodson in November 2015 following a move to Somerset from Devon. I have been working in residential property since 2000.  I head up the Residential Property Team in the Taunton office.

    I have 18 years of experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing, whether it is dealing with registered or unregistered land, freehold or leasehold, including shared ownership properties.

    By building a relationship with my clients, I tailor my service to them, whether it be technology-based or the more traditional phone call and face to face meetings.

    I am a keen motorsport fan; I have two motorbikes and try to do track days whenever possible. We have three border collies and both myself and my husband are Kennel Club registered judges.


    Finding the right solicitor is very difficult and so very important, so when I saw the words 'All about you', I was so pleased and with Porter Dodson, that's exactly what I got. They are by far the best solicitors I have ever used but a slogan on its own does not mean a lot unless you have the staff to back it up and with Claire Hannaford, I got a service that was second to none. What a lovely person - hardworking, able to take a joke but at the same time very professional.

    Mr Joiner

    We have already recommended Claire to friends who are planning to move house. She has been efficient and reliable in all aspects of our difficult house sale/purchase, showed excellent communication skills with all parties involved and kept us fully informed at all stages. We feel that she has become a trusted, knowledgeable professional who would be our first choice in a similar situation. Thank you, Claire!


    Claire made the experience of purchasing our first home an absolute pleasure! She was always quick to respond to any questions we had and was constantly working on getting us into our new home as soon as possible. We would definitely recommend Claire and Porter Dodson and will look to use them again in the future.


    This was my first experience of using a solicitor and it was very positive. Claire was friendly and helpful. She was supportive throughout the process and I am pleased with the outcome.


    Good value for money and kept in touch at each stage in the process. Speedy and clear advice throughout the procedure. Pleasant and friendly manner.


    Very friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I was kept informed at all times. I think the money was well spent as there was so much to sort out and I couldn't have done it on my own. I would most certainly use you again.

    Mr Hembery

    Always helpful and courteous. Value for money. Would recommend to others.


    Very efficient management of our house sale. Will definitely recommend Claire to friends. So impressed that we are using Claire and Grace for our property purchase in West Sussex.

    Mr & Mrs Humphrey

    The support and advice I received from Claire helped enormously in reducing my stress levels about the whole purchase


    Both Claire Hannaford and Grace Coombes acted wonderfully quickly, thoroughly and efficiently. The entire process was stress free and couldn't have been more professional.

    Mrs Wynne-Jones & Mr Newby

    I was kept informed at every stage of the process and cannot praise Claire Hannaford and her team enough. Thank you.


    Claire Hannaford made a difficult process feel easy for us and I am very grateful for the help from her and the team.

    Dr Upton

    Claire Hannaford really went the extra mile to help us; she was always contactable and ready to meet us when we needed advice. First class service!

    Dr Boyce & Dr Trickitt

    Words cannot express how good Claire Hannaford and the team are. Personable, professional, diligent and understanding of my requirements. Once again, it has been a first class experience.

    Mr C

    Very happy with the team, everyone was pleasant and helped to relieve some of the stress felt when buying and selling our homes.

    Mr & Mrs D

    Claire Hannaford was always very friendly and helpful, she kept us informed and in the loop throughout the whole process. We will definitely use Claire again.

    Mr & Mrs S

    The service we received from you was faultless from start to finish, with Claire Hannaford even having our property completed for us just before Christmas. Every phone call or email was responded to within hours and any query fully dealt with. Thank you all so much for your help.

    Mrs Hubbard

    Excellent service, great communication and easy to speak to someone on the phone. Great value service.

    Mrs K

    Thank you for a fantastic service Claire and team. Excellent value for money, communication and speed. Particularly like being able to phone and speak to you or email directly.

    Mr K

    The team worked well together. At a stressful time all members of the team were helpful and supportive.

    Mr B

    Claire Hannaford was so helpful, thorough and available, I cannot praise her enough.

    Mr & Mrs B

    I have nothing but praise for the service I received at such a stressful time.

    Mrs B

    Excellent and responsive service. Good team work, friendly with a sense of humour.

    Mr & Mrs Hawkes-Pippen

    Brilliant service for which thank you so much, you made everything so easy. Thank you Claire, you were a pleasure to speak to, as were Grace Coombes and Leanne Dean.

    Mrs A

    From start to finish the entire team have been amazing. Excellent care and service at a very reasonable price. Thank you so much.

    Mrs Buller

    Excellent service! We are very happy with the work and the advice given to us. Keep being exceptional professionals!

    Mrs D

    Fantastic team, always friendly and happy to help. Will definitely use again!

    Mr Baker & Ms Silvester

    Claire Keating was absolutely excellent and provided a very high standard of service along with her colleagues Grace Coombes and Leanne Dean. The teamwork and communication was first class.

    Mr Burree

    Very polite, professional and efficient. A good job!

    Mrs T

    We have found you to be friendly, helpful and prompt in your advice and service. You have kept us informed on progress and whenever we have phoned, you have been able to answer our questions. A delightful firm to deal with.

    Mr & Mrs Bannister

    All members of the team we dealt were friendly and helpful in every communication. As first time buyers we were naturally nervous, but Claire and the whole team were amazing, happy to explain the process and no question was too silly!

    Mr Jenner-Hurford

    I have been very satisfied in all my dealings with Porter Dodson, both with my Will/Power of Attorney and with the purchase and sale of my properties. I shall continue to use Porter Dodson with confidence.

    Mr Dunthorne

    Thank you for your outstanding service. Always on hand to deal with any questions I had and I always received a very quick response. I would definitely use your services again and I would recommend you.

    Miss Robinson

    Claire was always available on the telephone to answer my queries. We met several times and things were made clearer; I always felt my business was in capable hands. Thank you.


    We have used Porter Dodson for 17 years. ALWAYS given a faultless service. ALWAYS gone above and beyond. NEVER come across another solicitor company who compares.

    Mrs B

    "Extremely satsified with both sale and purchase.  Claire was available at all times, often replying to my emails in the evening and very early morning, taking the trouble to explain things I didn't understand and working very hard to bring the transaction to a conclusion - which she did most successfully."

    Attorneys of Mr & Mrs N S Roberts

    "Friendly and quick to respond.  I have used Porter Dodson for a selection of legal issues, all of which have been managed and supported in a very professional manner."


    "The service provided to us was first class, even with all the hold ups from the other party, we were always made aware and kept up to date.

    I would say Claire went above and beyond with her support and advice during a very stressful time,  She was amazing."

    Mr & Mrs J A Woolcott

    Lovely firm to work with, staff polite and very helpful, especially with explanations. Good value for money and compare well with other firms.  Would thoroughly recommend.


    Claire Keating and Sharon Collier explain everything clearly; work quickly and efficiently; are very professional but also very friendly and easy to deal with. Far superior to other legal firms/departments I have had to contend with!


    We found the whole team to be very courteous and very professional.  I always felt like I was the only client you were dealing with even though you probably had many others to deal with.  I am glad I chose Porter Dodson despite trying to be bullied into using building development preferred solicitors.

    Marcus Holt & Lyndsey Shopland

    A job well done given current circumstances.  All correspondence being done by email except where paperwork dictates. A shame not to meet Claire and the team face-to-face.

    PRs for A Woollen

    Excellent service, as always, from the staff at Porter Dodson. Claire was always courteous, efficient, cheerful and supportive throughout.

    G S Hart

    Amazing work from Claire and her team to get what ended up being quite a tricky move (sale & purchase) through to completion. We were kept updated at all times and appreciated the availability and approachable, professional communication. Thank you.

    N J and A L Lyon

    Excellent service from Claire and her team. Always there if we had a question. Good value compared to estate agent's fees!


    Claire Keating has been so incredibly supportive of us, making every step of the process of selling my 80 year old mother's house as smooth and pain-free as possible. The conveyance dealing with the purchase was obstructive to say the very least, making Claire's work nearly impossible at times, hence the 7 month process to completion. Claire's professionalism was exemplary and she maintained such a warm friendly and patient approach, always making everything understandable and accessible. Claire's efforts in completing the sale .are nothing short of a miracle. For us, Claire is simply wonderful!

    D A Mattravers

    Contact Claire Keating