My role

I’m a senior associate in the private legal services team, advising clients on wills, trusts, gifts and estate administration as well as Court of Protection. I work closely with colleagues in the family and clinical negligence teams, where appropriate.

My experience

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1980, I’ve always advised on wills, trusts, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. I speak regularly on these matters to other professionals and support groups for individuals. I also hold various committee roles with related professional bodies, including STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly.

My specialisms

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Inheritance tax and lifetime gifts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection

My latest articles

Probate court fee increase
Probate court fee increase

Both the BBC and the Daily Mail have reported that the Government has decided not to go ahead with the proposed probate court fee...

Removing a mentally incapable trustee
Removing a mentally incapable trustee

Alex Elphinston and Clare Burke explain the steps to remove a trustee that has become mentally incapable of performing their duties.

Gifts to charities - free from tax?
Gifts to charities - free from tax?

A legacy to ensure that non-UK charities cannot benefit from the Inheritance Tax (IHT) exemption under s.23 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 following...

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