Elaine Lightfoot > McCormicks > Harrogate, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Private Client


Elaine Lightfoot heads up our Private Client Department. Elaine’s areas of expertise include Wills, Trusts, Settlements, Inheritance Tax Planning, the Administration of Estates and Trusts of all sizes and complexities, together with Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. Elaine also advises in respect of care home fees planning.


Qualified as a solicitor – 15 September 2003. 

Elaine worked for a major Leeds law firm for eleven years, completed her training contract with them and remained with the practice following qualification, working exclusively in their Private Client Department.


Member of STEP


Elaine graduated with an Honours degree in Geography from Liverpool University and then moved to Leeds to obtain her legal qualifications.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Elaine Lightfoot  heads the contentious trusts and probate team at McCormicks in Harrogate. Its workload mainly involves advising executors, trustees and potential beneficiaries of family estates and trusts of significant value. The team advises on a variety of cases from will drafting and registration to complex division of assets cases.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

The personal tax, trust and probate offering at McCormicks is co-headed by Elaine Lightfoot and Peter McCormick. The team advises trustees, beneficiaries, attorneys and deputies on a range of matters, including: the establishment and running of possession trusts and charitable trusts; the appointment of income and capital from trusts; the effect of incapacity in LPA matters; and Court of Protection applications and contentious cases. In addition, it advises on the administration of estates.