Partner Employment & HR

Claire Haworth

Role: Partner
Dept: Employment & HR
Location: Blackburn
Direct Dial: 01254 686242
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Claire is a Partner in the employment team. She acts for businesses from a variety of industry sectors including small owner-managed businesses through to larger corporate entities, educational establishments and charities, on all aspects of employment law and human resources issues from recruitment through to dismissal. Claire also acts for senior executives negotiating new employment terms and severance arrangements when necessary. Claire works closely with her clients to understand their wider business, allowing her to provide practical, commercial advice and strategic solutions to achieve their objectives. Claire presents regular workshops/seminars including those held by local intermediaries and delivers in-house training to businesses on a range of employment law topics.

Claire is the founder of the Enterprising Women Lunch Forum, an invitation only networking event, giving senior decision-makers from Lancashire’s female business community the opportunity to network, swap ideas and mix with business colleagues from across the region in a relaxed environment.


Claire works with employers across a range of businesses in the manufacturing sector advising on all types of employment law matters to ensure that your business runs smoothly and you are well-placed for any hurdles you may encounter when dealing with your staff. Working with a number of prominent national and regional manufacturers, she has developed a real understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing the manufacturing sector. She heads up our Manufacturing Sector Team, working with colleagues with other legal specialisms to provide you with a wide spectrum of legal expertise and manufacturing law knowledge. She seeks to provide guidance on operational - as well as more strategic matters – to help you achieve your business objectives and strives to become your strategic business partner.

Claire has particular experience in dealing with restructuring and redundancy, guiding employers through the highly-complex redundancy consultation process, tricky dismissals, drafting and reviewing service agreements and restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.


Claire joined Napthens in 2013 after training at Berg Solicitors (now Kennedys), Manchester and qualifying in 2007. She studied Politics at Lancaster University before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York. Claire was promoted to Partner in 2019.

Memberships and Awards

Claire is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and founder of the Enterprising Women Lunch Forum in East Lancashire.

More about Claire Haworth

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Conscientious. Approachable. Organised

How do you like to relax out of work?
I enjoy travel, reading, cooking and relaxing with family and friends

And what would go in your Room 101?
Arrogance and bad manners

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
Interior designer