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Amy Codd

Amy Codd

Amy Codd qualified in April 2017. Prior to qualifying, Amy worked in a high street legal practice supporting a private client partner. In January 2021, Amy passed her final STEP exams with a distinction, becoming a STEP: Trust and Estate Practitioner.

Other examples of cases in different areas include drafting Wills, both simple mirror wills and more complex estate planning wills. Amy works closely with our tax advisory team to ensure we are able to offer a wraparound service for our clients. This extends to drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney for our clients to ensure they are also protected through their lifetime. Amy has experience of both simple estates that require us to submit the paperwork to the Probate Registry to obtain the grant of probate and more complex estates that require submission to HMRC and the Probate Registry. Amy also undergoes Trust work, primarily drafting trust deeds alongside the estate planning within Duncan & Toplis.

Amy typically deals with complex estates of high net worth individuals involving Business Property Relief, Agricultural Property Relief and Foreign assets. As well as drafting complex wills as part of the estate planning process and working alongside colleagues to provide a complete service. Amy is supervised by Head of Legal Services, Graeme Hills.

Lesley Harrison

Lesley Harrison

Lesley Harrison qualified with a dual qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive and Solicitor in May 2021.
She is also a STEP: Trust and Estate Practitioner.

Other examples of cases in different areas include drafting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, obtaining probate and administration of estates, drafting Trust Deeds and Deeds of Variation and Appointment, and Inheritance Tax advice and planning.

Lesley deals with estates of members of Lloyds of London and drafting complex Wills for high net worth individuals and clients with small to medium business and extended families. Lesley is supervised by Amy Codd.

Graeme Hills

Graeme Hills

Graeme Hills has been at Duncan & Toplis since 2004 and was part of the Probate Services team when it was formed in 2015. He has been Head of Legal Services since Duncan & Toplis Legal Services was formed in 2018. Graeme became CTA qualified in 2011 and a Probate Practitioner in 2015.

Graeme's experience includes being a Chartered Tax Adviser, six years directorship of several businesses, Head of Private Client and Head of Legal Services. Other examples of cases in different areas include overseeing a number of probate cases and dealing with official complaints addressed to the firm.

Company Directors

Graeme Hills Director Duncan & Toplis Legal Services

Graeme Hills

Amy Codd Director Duncan & Toplis Legal Services

Amy Codd

Adrian Reynolds Director Duncan & Toplis Legal Services

Adrian Reynolds

Nicholas Smith Director Duncan & Toplis Legal Services

Nicholas Smith

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Guide to acting as an Executor

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Whether you’re looking to choose executors for your own will or you’re an executor for someone’s estate, the whole process can be […]

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Duncan & Toplis solicitors join Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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Our probate specialists, Amy Codd and Lesley Harrison, have both qualified to become full members of the Society of Trust and Estate […]

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Private equity investments

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Dividends and distributions

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Allocating dividends among shareholders is an effective way to extract profits while reducing liability for individual shareholders and the business as a […]

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