People making or renewing their will are being urged to consider arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) at the same time to protect their interests into the future. It follows research carried out by the Law Society, which showed there had been an increase in the number of people drawing up a new will
Nigel joined Machins in October 2011 to further specialise and develop his private client practice. He is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section and has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 1996.
After graduating from Manchester University and the College of Law, Chester, Nigel joined Williams & Company in Luton. He qualified in February 1984 and was a partner at the same firm from 1987 until 2011.
Nigel undertakes a number of responsibilities outside the office. He is a trustee of two Luton-based charities and is the legal clerk to the Board of Appeal to Table Tennis England.
Specialist practice areas
- Wills & probate
- Inheritance tax planning
- Powers of attorney
- Trust creation and management
- Older client issues
TestimonialsNigel provided first-rate advice and support though a challenging situation.Our thanks also go to you for all you have done during the administration to maximise her most kind and generous gift. Your time and care are very much appreciated – particularly in ensuring the IHT saving – creating an important boost to the value of the legacy.Sound logical advice that was easy to understand and seemed with our best interest. Good communication.I just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping me out for the last seven months or so. My Dad and I have appreciated your hard work and easiness; you were always there to lend a hand if I was ever unsure about anything. Having you from the very start to now has meant that I haven't had to stress at all.Thank you very much for your help in processing the sale. It was smooth and without any stress. I really appreciated your professionalism and expertise and being able to have complete trust in you.You have been by far the best solicitor we've ever dealt with. Extremely professional, excellent communication, great advice and friendly.I feel I cannot let this sad time go without a few words. You have been of great service to our family over many, many years…..We as a family would like to take this opportunity in saying a huge thank you for all the sound practical knowledgeable advice you have given us all. I hope the move to Machins brings you enjoyable new challenges and enables you to carry on helping others. Thank you once again for all you have done for us as a family.It has been a pleasure working with you, thank you very much for all your help and assistance, it has been appreciated....you acted at all times with complete integrity and respect for my Aunt’s wishes. We are highly satisfied with all aspects of the service provided. Should the need arise, we would not hesitate to contact you again.
Latest news by Nigel Gibson-Birch
The High Court has settled a dispute between two brothers and their sister over their father’s will. The claim concerned the estate of a Mr Evans who died in 2019. He was survived by his wife, who suffered from motor neurone disease. Her daughter was acting as her litigation friend – someone who helps a
A family have succeeded in correcting an error in a trust fund that would have resulted in a tax bill of £112,000. The case involved a discretionary trust created in 2011 in respect of the estate of a man who had died in November 2010. A beneficiary of his will was entitled to £250,000 from
With no cure for dementia diseases like Alzheimer’s likely to emerge soon, health organisations across the world are stressing the need for people to take preventive measures to protect themselves as they get older. The NHS official guidance says: “There is currently no ‘cure’ for dementia. In fact, because dementia is caused by different diseases
A woman has been committed to prison following a dispute with her brother over their late father’s estate. The court heard that neither of the siblings had been named as executor of their father’s will but the sister had taken the role without authority to do so. The brother applied to have the sister removed
The High Court has allowed a family to correct an error in a trust fund that would have had costly tax implications. The case arose out of financial arrangements outlined in the will of a man who died in 2015. He bequeathed £4.2m to be held on trust for the benefit of his widow and