Holly HirstSolicitor

I am an assistant solicitor at EMG Solicitors having joined the firm in February 2015. I graduated from Keele University in 2005 with a degree in Law and English Literature. I then relocated to the North-East to study at Durham University (Ustinov College) for a postgraduate LL.M degree in International Trade and Commercial Law. In 2006 I joined the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University and was called to the Bar a year later.

Following the completion of my studies I spent several years in the emergency services, the vast majority of which were in a uniformed front-line role working with local communities in Durham and Chester-le-Street. During this time I particularly enjoyed developing links with organisations for disabled people in the local area.

In 2011 I decided to return to law and accepted a role as a trainee solicitor with a well-established Sunderland firm. I qualified as a solicitor in April 2014 into the private client department of the firm and continued to develop my own client base dealing with Wills, Probate, Court of Protection and Lasting Power of Attorney matters.

I now specialise solely in Court of Protection matters and act for both professional and lay deputies and attorneys. I am experienced in making a wide variety of applications to the Court of Protection including those for the appointment or discharge of a deputy, post-settlement security reviews, gift applications, permission to make/amend financial investments, permission to purchase/sell property on behalf of a protected party and approval of personal injury/CICA trusts.

A highlight of my role is assisting clients on a day-to-day basis but also advising on bigger projects such as purchasing and adapting a property.

I am currently studying for the Headway Certificate in Brain Injury Studies with the University of Northampton to further improve my understanding of the physical, cognitive, behavioural and social consequences for brain injured individuals, families and carers.

Holly qualified in April 2014.