Gillian Hunter


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Gillian Hunter is an Associate in our estate planning and migration practices. She joined our team in August 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Laws at Griffith University in Queensland. Gillian was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT in June 2015. She was made an Associate in June 2018.

As part of our wills and estate planning team, Gillian has developed a well-respected practice in estate matters. Her estate work involves drafting wills, testamentary trusts and powers of attorney as well as attending to applications to the ACT Supreme Court for probate grants and letters of administration. Gillian also assists with conducting the administration of deceased estates, once the necessary grant has been obtained.

Gillian also has a growing practice in estate litigation matters involving challenges to wills, family provision claims and informal will applications.

In 2018, Gillian undertook a secondment to the ACT Public Trustee & Guardian’s office, where she assisted the Wills and Trusts Unit in dealing with complex estate matters, while also preparing estate planning documents. Gillian considers the experience to be invaluable and received outstanding feedback from the unit and from Andrew Taylor (Public Trustee and Guardian for the ACT) in particular.

As part of our migration team, Gillian is a registered Migration Agent and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). She assists our clients in relation to various permanent and temporary visas, such as business, skilled, family and student visas. She also has experience in migration matters brought before the Migration Review Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Registration Number (MARN): 1686317; MIA member no: 17128.

Gillian is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT. Prior to her employment at Snedden Hall & Gallop she completed an internship in Sydney, gaining exposure to personal injury law. She also interned at the Refugee & Immigration Legal Service in Brisbane, assisting migration agents and lawyers to provide free advice to refugees.

Gillian adopts a pragmatic and holistic approach to dispute resolution, with a strong focus on preserving relationships where possible.

Gillian is an energetic and compassionate young lawyer with a strong commitment to social justice. Our clients benefit from her warmth and cultural sensitivity, informed by her time working as a carer for young Indigenous girls at the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation Boarding House.

She is highly regarded by her clients for being well versed in her respective 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, spoiling her American Staffy, Baloo, and travelling.

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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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