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Gillian Hunter is an Associate Solicitor in our Wills & Estates and Migration teams. She joined our firm in August 2014 after obtaining her qualifications in Queensland.
As part of our Wills & Estates team, Gillian has developed a well-respected estate practice, providing estate planning advice and preparing complex wills and powers of attorney.
She regularly prepares applications to the ACT Supreme Court (and outside this jurisdiction) for grants of representation. She also administers deceased estates after obtaining the necessary grants.
Gillian has a growing practice in contested estate matters, such as family provision claims and informal will applications.
As a practitioner in elder law, Gillian has had primary carriage of matters that have been brought before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Guardianship Division) and the ACT Supreme Court.
In 2018, Gillian undertook a secondment to the ACT Public Trustee & Guardian’s office, where she assisted the Wills & Trusts Unit in dealing with complex estate matters, while also preparing estate planning documents. Gillian received outstanding feedback from the unit, including from the Public Trustee and Guardian for the ACT, Andrew Taylor.
Gillian is a registered Migration Agent (MARN: 1686317) and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). As part of our Migration team, she assists our clients with all types of Australian visa applications, specialising in partner visa applications. She is also experienced in migration matters brought before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Gillian is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT and a mentor with the Women in Law Organisation. This mentorship program pairs female undergraduate law students at the Australian National University with professional women in the legal sector.
Gillian is an energetic and compassionate lawyer. She adopts a pragmatic and holistic approach to dispute resolution, with a strong focus on preserving relationships where possible. She is highly regarded by her clients for being well versed in her areas of practice while maintaining a humble attitude. As a consequence, Gillian has developed an impressive portfolio of repeat clients who trust her with their ongoing legal needs.
Outside the office, Gillian enjoys cycling, regular trips to Bunnings and spoiling her American Staffy, ‘Baloo’.
Areas of Expertise
- Advocacy for the rights of elderly people / overcoming elderly abuse
- Family provision challenges and will construction
- Prudent estate planning
- Knowledge of migration law, specialising in partner visa applications
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