Claire Wivell Plater

Claire Wivell Plater

Strategic Adviser - Sydney
+61 2 8353 6600

After founding The Fold in 2003, Claire led the expansion from our general insurance origins into wealth management, credit, fintech, blockchain and beyond. Now chairman of our board, she proudly oversees The Fold’s mission to simplify regulatory complexity and provide affordable legal solutions to financial services businesses.

Renowned for her ability to find novel and elegant answers to old problems, disregarding norms is a specialty. As one of her long-standing clients puts it, “I always enjoyed working together as you were one of the few lawyers who had the guts to call it as it is.”

An uber-connector and recognised thought leader on regulatory and governance issues, Claire deploys her strategy-first approach and vast knowledge of financial services as a consultant, start-up adviser, and non-executive director with a handful of carefully selected companies.

And although we don’t see as much of her as we’d like, she’s always on hand to chew over a thorny problem or find a way past an obstacle – just try and stop her!

If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

 Mario Andretti


  • Explain complex concepts in simple terms

  • Facilitate consensus outcomes

  • Public speaking


  • The Fold’s reputation for excellence and pragmatism

  • CIC v Lindsay – winning the first ever case on the Insurance Contracts Act

  • 2 fine young adult offspring


  • Band 1 Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Australian Fintech Legal Guide 2019, 2020 & 2021

  • Band 4 Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide (Financial Services Regulation) 2021

  • Recognised Practitioner, Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide (Financial Services Regulation) 2020

  • Finalist, Partner of the Year, Financial Services, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2018

  • Winner, Thought Leader of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Fintech Business Awards 2017

  • Directorships, Youi (2020-), StatePlus (Chair, 2019-), Athena Financial (2017-)

  • Advisory Boards, HashChing (2016-2019), Ignition Wealth (2016-) and Red Marker (2015-2018), Snug Technologies (2017-), Future People (2019-)

  • Committees, ASIC Business Advisory Committee, Registry and Licensing Division (2009-2019), Federal Treasurer's FinTech Advisory Group (2016-2019)

  • Honorary Legal Adviser, Fintech Australia (2015-16), Institute of Managed Account Providers (2013-2019)

  • Bachelor of Laws (UniSyd), 1981

  • Partner, Phillips Fox, 1982-1998

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