- University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- 1993 - 1996
- LL.B (Hons) 2:1
- Northumbria University – Legal Practice Course – 1998 – 2000 – Commendation
- University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education – Diploma in Notarial Practice – January 2007
Year Of Admission:
- Solicitor – 2002
- Notary Public - 2007
- Paralegal, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 1997 to 2001
- Trainee solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2001 to 2002
- Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2002 to 2015
- Associate, Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2015 to Present
Experience and Expertise:
- Preparation of Wills, both straightforward and complex – such as dealing with couples on second/subsequent marriages and high net worth individuals and ‘death bed’ Wills applying for Probate/Letters of Administration – where clients just wish assistance with this one specific part of dealing with matter
- Dealing with the whole range of Administration of Estates, both low value and high value (a recent high net worth example being an estate worth approximately £1.3 million) and all the work associated with this such as completing Inheritance Tax returns, advice on Deeds of Variation, preparing documents for submission to the Probate Registry
- Powers of Attorney – Giving advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney such as their creation, use, objecting to and revoking, General Powers of Attorney and registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection work – Applying for Deputyship and dealing with the administration of a Deputyship, application for new Trustees, application for Statutory Wills
- Dealing with HM Revenue and Customs in respect of Inheritance Tax, completing IHT forms, payment and liaising
- Income Tax – Self-Assessment and reclaiming overpaid tax
- Family Trusts
- Full member of Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
- Member of the Law Society & Notaries Society
- Trustee of Alice House Hospice
- Dementia Friends Champion
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 10 I went on holiday to Florida and went to the Kennedy Space Centre. I saw a Saturn V rocket which was the largest rocket ever built and used. I thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen and I decided there and then that I wanted to be an astronaut.
Why law as a career?
I wanted to be a pharmacist - however, once I realised that I would have to do A level Maths I decided that it wasn't for me! Law was always in the back of my mind as a school friend's father was a Branch Crown Prosecutor. I did some work experience at the CPS when I was at Sixth Form and decided that a career in the law was for me.
Describe an interesting fact about yourself
I have a Blue Peter badge which I am very proud of. I won it when I was 10 or 11 years old. The competition was to design a poster for an exhibition for the Natural History Museum. I was a runner up and my poster was displayed in the museum. We had a family trip (mum, dad, me, brother and sister!) down to London to see the poster in-situ and I was allowed to take my poster home as we went on the last day of the display. I still have the poster now at home after all these years!
What one thing could you not live without?
Apart from my husband and my daughter and depending on the day of the week, in no particular order, probably cups of tea, cheese, Haribo Tangfastics and my running trainers.
Hobbies and Interests