Christina Spencer

Brighton, United Kingdom

Operates Nationwide

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Practice Areas:

  • Wills
  • Court of Protection
  • Probate
Healys Llp

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Christina is a Solicitor and Head of Wills, Trust & Probate at Healys.

Christina deals with all aspects of private client work. Some of the areas that Christina deals with are will drafting, advising as regards to inheritance tax mitigation, estate planning, probate, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and trust deeds. Having a background in working for a Local Authority, Christina also has valuable experience in dealing with financial assessments as regards to care fees and care fee mitigation.

Previous Employment

Mayo Wynne Baxter2014 - 2016

Solicitor - specialising in Probate, wills, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection work, trusts and finaincal assesments for care home fees, inc debt recovery.

Mayo Wynne Baxter2013 - 2014

Trainee Solicitor

East Sussex Council2012 - 2013

Trainee Solicitor

East Sussex County Council2010 - 2012

Paralegal/Fee Earner


I deal with Court of Protection matters including applying for Deputyship Orders, applications for Statutory Wills and appointment of additional trustees where the matter consists of jointly held property. I also have experience in dealing with aspects of contentious probate. I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Moneybox with their panel of experts advising on Inheritance Tax: 


Varndean College


2004 - 2006

A Level Law (B Grade)A Level Economics (C Grade)A Level French (C Grade)

University of Brighton


2006 - 2009

LLB Hons Upper Second Class Degree

University of West England


2011 - 2013

Legal Practice Course Diploma

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Secondary School

1999 - 2004

Nine A to B GCSEs inc Maths, English Language and Double Science


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Case Studies

The importance of dealing with an estate in good time
Varying a Will after death

Mrs M died unexpectedly, without a Will, leaving an estate of £2,000,000. Her mother (Mrs Q), who is in her 80’s, inherits the entirety of the estate. Mrs Q also had assets of her own of £700,000 which meant her total estate was now totalling £2,700,000. This meant she now had a large inheritance tax problem on her hands, because on her death her estate would be subject to inheritance tax on anything over her tax-free allowance of £650,000.

Mrs Q instructed me to advise her. I completed a Deed of Variation to divert the inheritance from Mrs M’s estate, to the effect that it would not be divided between Mrs Q, Mrs Q’s children and her grandchildren. As the Variation was completed within 2 years of Mrs M’s death, HMRC viewed this as if Mrs Q had never inherited the £2,000,000 in the first place. With the addition of the new Residence Nil Rate Band which came into force in April this year, Mrs Q’s estate will no longer be liable to inheritance tax on her death. This saved the family £820,000 in inheritance tax.

Death bed Wills


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Press Cuttings

BBC Radio 4 Moneybox

Should you leave your money to your children, or spend it all before you go?

Louise Cooper and guests discuss what to consider when passing on your wealth. They'll be talking about how to decide what's fair, how to make sure your future is secure and how to manage difficult conversations about inheritance. They'll also discuss what options you have if you want to challenge someone's will or the plans they have for their estate.


Louise will be joined in the studio by chartered financial plannner Claire Walsh;


To listen to the programme - click here -



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Law Society - since 2014

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