Holly HirstAssociate Solicitor

Job Role at EMG

I am an associate solicitor in the Court of Protection (property and affairs) department. I assist brain-injured individuals who lack capacity to manage all or part of their own affairs. I form part of the larger team around the individual, working alongside case managers, carers, therapists and family members to advise and make decisions on matters with a financial aspect. My role is very much a supportive one, tailored to the needs and capacity of the individual. It may be that one person requires assistance investing their personal injury settlement and managing budgets, whereas another has assets abroad that need to be secured.

Experience

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. In 2011, I decided to return to law and accepted a role as a trainee solicitor with a long-established Sunderland firm. I qualified as a solicitor in April 2014. In 2017, I completed the Headway Certificate in Brain Injury Studies which was delivered by Headway (the brain injury association) and the University of Northampton.

What do you like about working at EMG?

The genuine commitment to putting the client at the centre of everything we do. It is a privilege to form long-term relationships with my clients and becoming their trusted advisor.

Outside of EMG?

I am a mother to pre-school age children- this (happily) consumes 100% of my free time!

Holly qualified in April 2014.