Hannah Barnes TEP

Associate


Hannah studied Law at Cardiff University and then went on to attend the College of Law in Chester to study the Legal Practice Course where she achieved a Distinction. She was also awarded the Cullimore Dutton Prize for obtaining the highest mark for Private Client (Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning) work whilst studying at the College of Law.

Hannah joined Allington Hughes Law as a Trainee Solicitor in 2010 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2012.

Hannah is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) following the completion of the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates, achieving a Distinction. Hannah was in fact awarded the prize for being the top graduate for the STEP Diploma – England and Wales worldwide between July and December 2015 and is featured in the July edition of the STEP journal and STEP’s website.

STEP is the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations. STEP’s ethos is to ensure that it’s members provide individuals and families with the highest level of legal advice in areas including the most technical aspects of trusts, inheritance tax, estate planning and will preparation.

Hannah is a committee member and the Treasurer for her local STEP branch, STEP Cheshire. The committee meets to discuss issues affecting Private Client work generally and they organise academic training and informational seminars for STEP members and Private Client practitioners in the local area. Hannah deals with the branch accounts, annual returns and seminar bookings.

Hannah works in the Wills, Probate and Trusts department. Her work broadly includes:-

  •  The preparation of Wills. This ranges from relatively straightforward Wills to more complex areas including advice about the inclusion of trusts for asset protection or to protect young children, guardianship appointments and inheritance tax planning.
  • The preparation of and advice relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney for property and financial affairs and health and welfare. Hannah can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of including restrictions and guidance in your Lasting Powers of Attorney, including what powers your Attorneys will have and how they will act under the Lasting Powers of Attorney.
  • Hannah has experience in dealing with mental capacity issues and vulnerable clients and can provide advice and assistance with applications to the court of protection for deputyship orders and one off applications in relations to specific matters.
  • Hannah can assist with all aspects of the administration of estates including the administration of an estate on intestacy, complex estates where inheritance tax is payable and where assets have been left in trust. Hannah can also assist where there is an agricultural or business element involved which may include applications for Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief.
  • Hannah has a particular interest in trusts generally and can assist with the creation of lifetime trusts, will trusts and trust administration generally.

Hannah advocates being an efficient, specialist and approachable Solicitor. She always strives to provide each of her clients with a personable service in the hope that they feel comfortable and relaxed with her.

If you would like to discuss anything with her, please do not hesitate to contact her

You may contact Hannah Barnes on 01244 312166 or by email [email protected]