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Thompson Smith and Puxon

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Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester

Aileen Hirst

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Thompson Smith and Puxon

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Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate


Aileen, who qualified as a solicitor in 2011, joined the TSP Wills and Estates team in July 2015. She advises clients on a broad range of private client matters and is based in our Colchester office. She advises TSP’s clients on their Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, trusts and estate administration. In particular, as a qualified member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), she advises the firm’s clients on trusts and estate planning. Aileen is also a fully qualified member of Solicitors for the Elderly.


She started her career as a city foreign exchange dealer but following a break to raise her children decided that a career in the Law was for her. She completed her Law Degree at the University of Essex before passing her Legal Practice Course with distinction at Anglia Ruskin University. Since her qualification in January 2011 Aileen has worked on a broad range of private client matters. Aileen was appointed as an associate of Thompson Smith and Puxon in October 2017.


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As a qualified member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioner’s (STEP) Aileen advises the firm’s clients on trusts and estate planning. STEP members help families to plan for their long term financial future, providing expert advice on how to comply with the often complex law and tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance.

Aileen is also a filly qualified member of Solicitors for the Elderly.


Anglia Ruskin University


Aileen, who is married with teenage sons, has little spare time but, given the opportunity, enjoys playing squash, swimming, entertaining and foreign holidays. 

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

Within: Next generation lawyers

Aileen Hirst - Thompson Smith and Puxon

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

The 'thorough, efficient and reliable' private client department at Thompson Smith and Puxon 'exhibits a high degree of professional experience and capability' with 'a caring and considerate side' and a willingness to 'go the extra mile' in order to 'provide a comprehensive and timely service'. Focus areas include will preparation, probate, trusts, tax and succession planning, registering enduring powers of attorney, and Court of Protection matters, as well as asset preservation relating to long-term residential or nursing care requirements. A large proportion of clients have a business or agricultural background. 'Sharp-minded, sympathetic and hardworkingFiona Ashworth, who 'has a wealth of experience', leads the practice from the Colchester office and is a main contact for elderly and farming clients. In October 2017, 'friendly and perseveringRobert Ashworth and 'conscientious, sympathetic and efficientAileen Hirst, who 'has a practical grasp of problems and solutions', joined Clacton-based Sarah White at associate level. Clients further recommend 'exceptionally professional and caring' solicitor Adina Milleare.

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