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BTO Solicitors LLP, Hilary Peppiette, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Hilary Peppiette

Work 0131 222 2939
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Family Law, Tax Planning, Wills and Estates



Hilary is a solicitor in BTO’s Families and Individuals team based in our Edinburgh office. She has extensive experience as a solicitor advising on wills, powers of attorney, end of life planning and executries. Hilary has held positions in various legal firms, with the Royal Bank of Scotland, and as a volunteer with Marie Curie Hospice where she is a bereavement support counsellor, working with clients on a one to one basis as well as facilitating support groups.

Hilary trained for two years with ‘Living Well Dying Well’ to become an end of life doula. She is one of Scotland’s first end of life doulas and BTO is the first Scottish law firm to offer such specialist counselling and support to clients facing their final days.

The role of a doula is to provide support and companionship for people living with a life-limiting illness, and to those close to them, so that they feel safe and cared for as they make the transition from this life to the next. Support can be practical, emotional and spiritual if desired. Hilary can guide people through all the decisions and choices that need to be made at the end of life, she can provide respite for family carers and she can be an advocate when your families’ wishes need to be upheld. These services do not replace medical care, but facilitate access to available resources.

In an ideal world someone facing the end of life would be supported and cared for, wherever they wish to be, by family members or friends. For many reasons, that may not be possible without additional help. What a doula brings is expertise and specialist training in this field, supporting people to die at home if they wish, and focusing on death as a natural part of life rather than as a series of medical interventions. Death has become a taboo, but in Hilary’s view, the more we are open to talking about it the better.

Hilary finds spending time with dying people and having those final conversations to be a very rewarding experience. Her priority is to ensure that every client receives a personal, caring and responsive service from someone who takes the time to build a warm and trusting relationship


Solicitor/Associate, Urquharts (Sept 2003 – Oct 2013) Director, Lindsays (Nov 2013-Dec 2014) Associate/Consultant, Allan McDougall Solicitors (Dec 2014-Jun 2018) Associate, BTO Solicitor LLP (Oct 2018 Present)


Law Society of Scotland, Member of the Board - Colinton Cottage Homes, End of Life Doula UK, SSSC, Solicitors for the Elderly


LLB (Hons), Dip LP, Notary Public


Church of Scotland elder, pastoral care, and praise group member

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