Gillian Hunter


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Gillian Hunter is an Associate Solicitor in our Wills, Estates & Elder Law 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.

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


In this video you can see Gillian talking with Helen Phelps about elder law and elder abuse.


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We recently updated our wills and end of life wishes with Snedden Hall & Gallop.

We would thoroughly recommend Gillian Hunter and all the staff whose expertise, efficiency and understanding made the whole process very easy to manage.

Our thanks to all.

T and S Shumack (Wills & Estates)

13 April 2018

Gillian Hunter assisted us when our brother passed away without a will.

She made a complicated situation a lot easier for us to understand and kept us informed every step of the way.

Brad (Wills & Estates)

19 February 2018

Your company and I have had two years of having to deal with the executors of my mother’s estate.

I first saw Tanya Herbertson, then after that, to completion, I was with Gillian Hunter.

May I say I don’t think I would have got through it all if it hadn’t been for Gillian. I know it is her job but she made me feel as if I was her only client and I will be eternally grateful for her help and support through some very nasty times.

May I also say a big thank you to Lee (on the switch). She was always lovely and pleasant to me.

Once again thank you to all who helped me.

Marilyn L (Wills & Estates)

7 December 2017

In dealing with a deceased estate, Gillian Hunter provided me with highly professional support and advice, but more importantly was compassionate, considerate and patient.

Knowing that she was available and receptive to the many issues that arose during the process gave me great comfort.

I would highly recommend your firm as a result of my dealings with Ms Hunter!

Leonie W (Wills & Estates)

6 December 2017

Miss Gillian Hunter of Snedden Hall and Gallop provided a great service to a lady friend of mine with the will of her de facto partner and his estate.

My friend was totally satisfied with all the professional advice she received!

BC (Wills & Estates)

12 February 2018

Gillian Hunter of Snedden Hall & Gallop provided excellent service and advice regarding probate for my late father’s estate.

I would consult with her again or with others at your firm she might recommend should the need arise.

Charles Smith (Wills and estates)

8 January 2018

Gillian Hunter and the team at SHG were professional, efficient and understanding when it came to obtaining probate and dealing with my late mother’s estate.

Noelene V (Wills & Estates)

13 March 2018

We are clients of Gillian who has worked with us on the recent revision of our wills.

The result has been that our wills now are much easier to read and understand. We also found Gillian was very patient in answering all our questions and any special requirements we had have been reflected in the wills.

We found the experience to be a very positive one. We are happy to recommend Gillian Hunter and Snedden Hall & Gallop.

R & D Steele (Wills & Estates)

11 October 2017

Gillian Hunter assisted me recently by reviewing my Will and Enduring Power of Attorney documents.

It was nice to speak with someone as across her subject as Gillian is.

Margo Hodge (Wills & Estates)

17 July 2017

Gillian Hunter helped me to prepare writing my Will. I found her assistance and advice very helpful. She was patient and l felt confident that she was genuinely wishing to give me the best advice. She is an efficient and competent solicitor.

Jane Reynolds (Wills & Estates)

28 June 2018

I am glad to commend Gillian Hunter for her care and attention in dealing with my legal matters, recently my Enduring Power of Attorney.

I trust that Gillian will be available should I require further legal services from Snedden, Hall & Gallop, with whom I have dealt since 1967.

Jack Palmer (Wills & Estates)

2 October 2018

Hi Gillian and Amanda,

Thank you so much for all your help, advice, understanding and patience while we worked through my brothers estate. You were both always wonderful to deal with.

Louise Daly (Wills & Estates)

2 October 2018

Gillian has been really helpful and professional in helping me getting my 187 Visa.

She always responded to my emails on time and showed a lot of compassion for my anxiety. I still remember how she called me and comforted me over the phone when I was really anxious about my visa.

I was very impressed by her attention to my case because she kept me updated with everything on time. She helped me right at the spot where I most need the help. I am really grateful for her help.

XL (Migration)

19 November 2018

Following my marriage in 2017 I faced the apparently difficult task of obtaining a partner visa for my wife, who had had one previous application for a tourist visa declined. Gillian Hunter of Snedden Hall & Gallop guided and advised me through the long, but ultimately successful, process of applying for a partner visa.

Throughout the length of the application Gillian kept me informed and provided invaluable advice at each step of the way. It was her experience and professionalism that I credit with the success of the application.

I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of me and my wife to Gillian and the team at Snedden Hall & Gallop.

AM (Migration Law)

27 November 2018

The staff are all so kind and lovely. This has been an emotional process for me, and everyone accommodated my inability to make decisions and my anxiety; they made me feel calm and respected. I have never used a legal service before and I was anxious about doing so. Gillian has been amazing, dealing with a two different interstate firms and two different sets of laws. I have found her advice to be invaluable.

RH (Wills & Estates)

12 February 2019