Abigail is the Head of our Private Client Department at Watkins & Gunn, having joined us in July 2021. Abigail qualified as a Solicitor in 2012. Her team covers Wills & Probate matters, estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney support as well as tax and wealth management support. She also runs our dedicated Later Life team, helping to tailor this advice for those over 55. In February 2022 Abigail carried out training with Alzheimer’s Society and became a Dementia Friend.
Abigail confidently deals with all aspects of Probate and estate administration including taxable estates, non-taxable estates, complex estates, Grant-only matters, intestacies and Deeds of Variation. Abigail also deals with Lasting Powers of Attorney (and registering the older-style Enduring Powers of Attorney) and Wills. As Head of Department, Abigail is also responsible for the supervision, development and growth of the private client team, in addition to her day-to-day duties.
Career Path and Experience
Abigail gained a wide range of experience and knowledge at law firms in Bedfordshire, Essex and Kent prior to working at Watkins & Gunn. Abigail started out as an administrative assistant during the summer holidays from university, then became a private client paralegal after obtaining her law degree, and completed her LPC part-time (at weekends) over two years while also working full-time. Abigail finished her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor in 2012, by which time she had already gained five years of experience in private client work.
- Qualified as a Solicitor, Bedford, 2012
- Legal Practice Course (LPC), College of Law, Bloomsbury, London, 2010
- LLB Law with Philosophy degree (2:1), University of Hull, 2005
Outside of Work
Abigail relocated to Wales permanently from London in 2021, after travelling here most weekends since 2016, to spend quality time with her blended family. Abigail is enjoying being able to explore locally and going for long walks to appreciate the Welsh countryside.
Abigail likes to play board games, cards and Minecraft with her family, and enjoys watching crime dramas and horror/thriller/mystery films. Abigail loves to cook and try new recipes; she may even attempt Welsh cakes next!