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Private client lawyer for the vulnerable and elderly takes new role with us

05 May 2015

We have expanded our wills, probate & trusts department to six lawyers with the appointment of solicitor Rachel Taylor.

She will help our Legal-500 rated department with general private client work to include wills, estate planning, administration of estates, trusts and Court of Protection applications.

Her particular interest is in mental capacity issues and she is experienced in making deputyship and other applications to the Court of Protection (including statutory wills). She also supports vulnerable clients in drafting wills and LPAs, especially where vulnerable beneficiaries need their inheritance protected.

Rachel is used to advising clients on the protection and management of high-value compensation awards, such as the creation of personal injury trusts or the appointment of a deputy. In her previous role she managed complex matters for children and adults with acquired brain injuries.

She is five years’ qualified and trained and worked in the Court of Protection and private client team at Top 100 UK firm Penningtons Manches LLP, after studying at the University of Warwick.

Rachel is a member of the highly regarded Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), with a distinction in the trusts and estates diploma. Alongside Simon Cook, Ruth Baker and Jennifer Emerson, this has bought the number of STEP qualified solicitors in the department to four.

Simon Cook, head of our wills, probate & trusts team, commented:

“With one in six of the UK population currently aged 65 years and over, more people are living longer and the number of those suffering from dementia is on the rise. Consequently, we are becoming increasingly involved in people’s affairs as their trusted advisers. Our team handles a wide variety of private client work and Rachel’s appointment gives us more strength and depth. She will predominately focus on our more vulnerable and elderly clients.”

Commenting on her role, Rachel Taylor said:

“I am excited to have relocated with my family to Gloucestershire and to be joining a reputable firm. It is a good-sized private client team and I’m looking forward to handling a variety of matters for a broad range of clients including Court of Protection and trust work.”

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