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Claire van Son


Claire has experience in advising local and international clients on domestic and cross-border transactions and international and domestic investigations and court proceedings.

Claire advises on a wide range of matters with an emphasis on anti-bribery and corruption investigations, compliance matters and fraud and asset tracing claims.

Claire has experience in advising local and international clients on high value and complex domestic and cross-border investigations and commercial disputes.


Representative matters

A major domestic bank on engagements with the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State and regulatory bodies.

A major domestic bank in respect of claims concerning procedural irregularities in application of the General Anti-Avoidance Rules by the South African Revenue Service.

A major construction company in respect of the review of complaints initiated by the Competition Commission of South Africa in the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

A sovereign wealth fund in its investigation of fraud and money laundering and the enforcement of judgements to recover monies in Armenia, India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Pro bono

A major international human rights organisation in respect of a potential claim for the facilitation of war crimes.

European Lawyers in Lesvos in the preparation of asylum-seeking persons for asylum interviews on the Greek Islands and mainland Greece.

Advising an international children's charity on domestic legislation relating to homeless youths in South Africa.

Advising an international human rights organisation on international legislation relating to forest conservation and community-owned protected areas.



Admitted as an Attorney, South Africa, 2023


LLB, magna cum laude, University of Cape Town, 2020

Bachelor of Arts, distinction, University of Cape Town, 2018


English, Dutch
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.