Joanne Tillotson
  • Joanne Tillotson

  • Associate Member of CILEX


  • Associate Member of CILEX awarded 2009
  • University of Teesside Continuation of Study Certificate 2003 Law
  • A Levels,  Law (A) English Literature (A), Psychology (B) 2002

Legal Qualifications:

Completion of CILEX qualifications 

Year Of Admission:

  • September 2003 Student Member of CILEX
  • July 2009 – Associate Member of CILEX

Career History:

Tilly Bailey & Irvine, 2003 to present

Experience and Expertise:

I deal with a whole range of probate matters, including the preparation and drafting of Wills, preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship Applications, Obtaining Grants of Probate/Letters of Administration, full Estate Administration and the creation of Asset Protection Trusts.

Career Highlights:

Over the last twelve years I have developed the skills and knowledge and more importantly the sensitivity to help advise people through particularly stressful and upsetting times such as facing bereavement, health issues and other emotive issues.

Professional Memberships:

I am a Dementia Friend. This training gave me an insight into this terrible disease. I see many clients who have been diagnosed with dementia and I act on behalf of families whose close ones have been affected by the disease. The training emphasised how even the smallest of actions can make someone suffering form dementia feel more at ease and more importantly make them still feel a valuable member of our community.

Associate of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a nurse up until I did my A Levels. I took Law on a whim as I did not know what other subject to pick. Turns out it was a good decision getting my best result. 

Why law as a career?

I was inspired by my A Level Law lecturer who was fantastic. I loved the debates and taking part in mock court hearings, I was also interested in learning about the history of the English legal system and how it developed through the ages.

Describe any interesting facts about yourself

On a personal level I am proud of being a working mum of two young children, running a house, doing the school run and organising the extra curricular activities whilst always making time for family fun. Career wise I am proud of the skills and knowledge that I have acquired over the last twelve years years and my personal and sensitive approach in guiding my clients through difficult times which many of my clients comment upon.

What one thing could you not live without?

I cannot limit this to one! My husband, my two sons and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc after a long day!

Hobbies and Interests

My weekends are spent with my husband and our two sons and Daisy our Labrador. We are an outdoors family and you will often find us exploring the local countryside we particularly love climbing Roseberry Topping, going to the Gruffalo trail and Guisbrough Woods, or at the cycle track at Middlesbrough Sports Village (in between karate and swimming lessons!). I also have a very close circle of friends and we like to let our hair down meeting up for a good meal and good wine.