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Gillian Hitchen

Partner

Biography

I am a specialist in Court of Protection work. I help to manage the finances of people who have lost capacity to manage their affairs themselves - either because of an injury or due to a medical condition, such as Alzheimer's or dementia.

My work ranges from taking care of simple cash estates, to more complex finances involving investments and property. I also help elderly clients manage their nursing home fees and arrange reassessments when they fall below self-funding thresholds. 

I also help families with statutory Will applications – this is a Will that is approved by the Court of Protection on behalf of those who have lost capacity to amend it themselves. This is a complex and sensitive matter, as a person's Will is extremely important. 

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I never really considered anything else; I loved the thought of being surrounded by books a case law. I was inspired by other very impressive lawyers that I have met along the way, right from university up to today. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

In Court of Protection work, we are often helping clients for many years. It's amazing to be more than a lawyer for them and be there for big milestones - first homes, first jobs, significant birthdays. It's a privilege to have helped people along the way.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I love to cook - Diana Henry and Nigella Lawson are two favourites. I also love walking, usually on a route that has a lovely tea room at the end!

Testimonials

Gillian is "very organised, manages a team well, and knows her clients very well" - Legal 500, 2017

Publications

'Deputyship is not receivership by another name' - Elder Law Journal