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Gaynor is a Consultant in the Private Client Team at Ward Hadaway.

Gaynor advises high net worth individuals in relation to Wills, Capital Tax Planning, Trusts and Estate matters.

In addition, she advises charities in relation to trust and estate issues of both a contentious and non-contentious nature. Gaynor is a recognised expert in advising the third sector on trust and estate issues which are often challenging and require sensitivity and a measured approach.

Gaynor is a regular speaker on trust and estate topics through the Institute of Legacy Management’s training program in addition to providing in-house seminars to charities and acts as a Mentor to students studying for the Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration.


Gaynor has considerable experience gained by over 30 years advising on matters affecting individuals and charities in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection Applications and the administration of Trusts and Estates.

She has extensive experience in dealing with taxable and non-taxable Estates, Settlements and Will Trusts including advising Personal Representatives, Trustees and Beneficiaries on a wide range of issues relating to their duties, powers and entitlements.

Her work includes obtaining Grants of Probate, applications to pass-over Executors, Inventory and Account applications, advising on the interpretation of Wills and Trust Deeds and Inheritance tax for individuals, Personal Representatives and Trustees.

Issues on which Gaynor has advised includes:

  • Advising individuals with regard to Wills including the most appropriate structures to achieve their aims, including provision for vulnerable beneficiaries and complex family relationships;
  • Advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney;
  • Advising on Court of Protection applications including the appointment of Deputies, applications relating to Statutory Wills and authorities to make gifts;
  • Advising and implementing estate planning through gifting (either directly or into Settlements) to preserve wealth and protect assets for the next generation;
  • Advising Personal Representatives and Beneficiaries (including intestate estates) regarding duties and powers;
  • Acting in the administration of simple and complex Estates;
  • Acting for settlors and trustees including the administration of Settlements and Will Trusts;
  • Advising on the construction of Wills and Settlements;
  • Advising charities on legacy management and website content for legacy fundraising;
  • Advising charities on achieving Trust Corporation Status for effective administration of estates;
  • Advising charities in relation to Delegated Authority Policies for Legacy Administration;
  • Advising individuals and charities as beneficiaries of Estates, Settlements and Will Trusts as regards their rights and entitlements;

Gaynor is based in North Yorkshire and regularly travels within the UK to visit clients and give in-house talks.

Expertise: Sectors

Public & Third Sector

Expertise: Services

Private Individuals

Public & Third Sector

What people say

  • Gaynor is both knowledgeable and personable. She always has time for a chat if matters aren’t clear. Gaynor is quick to respond and generous with her advice

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Gaynor Jackson is one of the most experienced advisers I use. I trust her views wholly. Gaynor is always happy to give initial and sound advice, enabling my clients to make informed decisions

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I have worked with Gaynor Jackson for over 10 years and I trust her wholeheartedly. Gaynor is always quick to respond, and sensible in her advice, which is needed when feeding back to charities.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I know that I can email or call Gaynor and she will always be willing and able to help. There are never any capacity issues, and she is professional and prompt and always, always detailed. The team Gaynor has around her is well managed and seem to work in the same way.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Gaynor Jackson is open, helpful, extremely knowledgeable and someone I trust 100%. I would hands down recommend her and her team.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Thinks outside the box and gets results through a combination of thorough research and determination

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Gaynor Jackson is singled out for her ‘empathy, clear explanations, and great bedside manner’.

    Legal 500
  • Gaynor Jackson ‘combines extensive legal skills and experience with a very pragmatic and collaborative approach’

    Legal 500
  • I can’t say how much it means to us to have a firm and a contact that we can trust wholeheartedly

    Client quote

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