Glasgow, United Kingdom
Whilst undertaking my legal traineeship and since qualifying as a Solicitor, I have specialised solely in Private Client work.
I provide advice on a wide variety of personal legal services including Wills, Trusts, Executries, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships & Intervention Orders, Advanced Directives (Living Wills), Charities and Tax efficient succession planning.
I have a particular interest in the formation, management and termination of all types of Trust, including Personal Injury, Disabled Beneficiary, Discretionary, Liferent and Charitable. In addition to advising Trustees, I act as Trustee for a number of Trusts.
I am dedicated to helping our clients and their families with whatever advice and practical support they may need as their legal, financial and care priorities change, including giving advice in relation to compensation protection, planning for nursing home care costs, benefits entitlements and Adult Incapacity issues. I am one of only a handful of Scottish solicitors to have passed the examination for membership of the national association, Solicitors for the Elderly.
I am also a Notary Public and Writer to the Signet.
LLB (Hons) 2004
Dip LP 2005
Notary Public 2005
Member of Solicitors for the Elderly – 18 October, 2012
Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet – 6 November, 2012
I have aa particular interest in the formation, management and termination of all types of trust, including personal injury, disabled beneficiary, discretionary, liferent and charitable. In addition to advising trustees, I also act as trustee for a number of trusts,
2004 - 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
2001 - 2004
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons
With headlines in the Daily Mail asking for the Foreign Aid budget to be used to tackle the crisis in social care and the front page of the Times leading on “Parents call in lawyers over soaring care costs” social care for the elderly is firmly in the spotlight.Whilst exploring this emotive issue, the Times article claims that couples would “rather die” than see their children pay excessive care home fees. A worrying assertion is made that people are putting in place Powers of Attorney in order to give their children the legal authority to make end of life decisions by withdrawing medical care.
Whilst granting a Power of Attorney can give significant powers to the attorney to make welfare decisions on behalf of the grantor, the overriding principle of the Act governing the law in relation to Adults with Incapacity is that all decisions taken must be for the benefit of the incapable adult. The notion that Attorneys could withhold medical treatment purely in order to avoid care costs is abhorrent and rather than encouraging people to take positive steps to deal with their affairs, it is likely to discourage those considering granting a Power of Attorney.The issues highlighted by these newspaper articles are, however, relevant to our ageing population. They serve as a timely reminder that managing your affairs by granting a Power of Attorney, putting in place an Advance Directive (also known as a Living Will) and making or updating your Will are important and necessary to make your wishes known. Granting Power of Attorney remains a sensible thing to do, especially given that if you do not have one in place and then lose capacity, your loved ones can not simply “step in” to deal with your affairs, they face a lengthy and expensive court process to be granted authority to deal with your affairs. Perhaps more appropriate in the circumstances described in the newspaper article above, a Living Will is a written statement detailing a person's desires regarding future medical treatment in circumstances in which they are no longer able to express informed consent. This is also called an advance directive and can be used in parallel with a Power of Attorney document. For advice about Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives (Living Wills), Adult incapacity, vulnerable adults, care for the elderly, care costs and asset protection including Wills and Trusts, talk to Thompsons. Head of Private Client at Thompsons, Shona Macnaughton specialises in providing advice to older people and their loved ones and is a member of the national association, Solicitors for the Elderly.
SFE is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
The WS Society is the incorporated body of an exceptional brand of Scottish lawyers known as Writers to the Signet or “WS” with over 500 years of heritage. The Society supports and entertains lawyers and legal business with research, comment, learning, networking and culture. We also provide support services to the charitable sector. WS TODAY Today most Writers to the Signet are solicitors in law firms or in-house within the public or private sector. Writers to the Signet take a special oath before an officer of state, the Keeper of the Signet, signifying a personal commitment to the exceptional standards of competence and integrity expected of those associated with the historic seal of Scotland’s kings and queens, known as the Signet. Writers to the Signet belong to Scotland’s College of Justice along with the nation’s senior judges, known as Senators, and its advocates, the equivalent of barristers.