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Michelle Gavin

Why did you choose the law?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a Solicitor. As a teenager I followed the Birmingham Six miscarriage of justice trial and this inspired me to study the law, in order to develop my skills so I could help people.

Tell us a bit about how you got here…

I joined Band Hatton Button LLP in January 2014 and am a Partner and Head of the Wills, Probate & Trusts Department.

In my studies, I read Law at Coventry University gaining a 2:1 honours degree. At my graduation ceremony in 1998 I was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Prize for Best Student by my Lecturers. I then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at Birmingham University where I was proud to gain a Distinction.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 following completion of my training contract with a Coventry firm. Upon qualification I spent nearly 7 years working for a High Street practice in Knowle, Solihull, then went on to a top 70 Birmingham law firm for 5 years.

What does your day job look like?

My working life consists of lots of client meetings and drafting legal documents for clients and managing the team.

My areas of expertise include Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, the Administration of Estates and Trusts of all sizes and complexities, together with Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.

One of my strengths is my ability to provide clear practical advice to our clients.  I act for a range of different clients including individuals, married couples and civil partners, cohabiting couples (often for several generations of the same family), entrepreneurs and business owners. My empathetic and professional approach helps me to build strong relationships with clients.

The best part of my job is that I get to meet lots of different people (which I find fascinating) and help them to get their personal affairs into good order.

I am a fully qualified member of the highly regarded Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  STEP is the leading worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.  I am one of a small number of members based in Coventry.

I am a fully qualified and accredited member of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers previously known as Solicitors for the Elderly and have been part of the committee of the Birmingham Branch since 2012.  The Association of Lifetime Lawyers is an independent organisation that provides specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

I am also a ‘Dementia Friend’. The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative enables people to understand the condition and it changes the perception people have on dementia.

I am delighted that our team of specialist lawyers are ranked in Tier 3 of the Legal 500 Directory in the Personal Tax, Trust and Probate listings for the West Midlands in 2020 (up from Tier 4 in previous years). I am also personally named as a ‘leading lawyer’ by Chambers and Partners in their ‘High Net Worth Guide’, something I am very proud of.

I enjoy excellent relationships with regional intermediaries in the accountancy, financial planning as well as the private banking arena.

I also act as mentor to many of the junior lawyers in the business which I find really rewarding.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy attending music concerts and going to the theatre, eating out and spending time with family and friends.  I have recently taken up running and find it very therapeutic running around the local park after a busy day in the office.

I love to travel and go to new places.  I have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, enjoyed an early morning Hot Air Balloon ride over Cairns, swam with dolphins in Portugal, survived a tandem sky dive at Hinton Airfield and abseiled down the Wesleyan Building in Birmingham for charity.