Colchester and Clacton–based solicitors, Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP), are pleased to announce the appointment of Aileen Hirst to the Wills and Estates team. Aileen will be based at the firm’s Colchester office.

Aileen started her career as a city foreign exchange dealer but following a break to raise her children decided that a career in the Law was for her. She completed her Law Degree at the University of Essex before passing her Legal Practice Course with distinction at Anglia Ruskin University. Since her qualification in January 2011 Aileen has worked on a broad range of private client matters and will advise TSP’s clients on their wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and estate administration. In particular, as a qualified member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioner’s (STEP) , she will advise the firm’s clients on trusts and estate planning.  STEP members help families to plan for their long term financial future, providing expert advice on how to comply with the often complex law and tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance.

Welcoming Aileen to the firm, Fiona Ashworth, who leads the Wills and Estates team, said “I would very much like to welcome Aileen to the firm and hope that she will be very happy working with us. Aileen is a qualified member of STEP which means that she will add strength and depth to the advice that the team are able to give our clients in this important area of planning for the future.”

Aileen, who is married with teenage sons, has little spare time but, given the opportunity, enjoys playing squash, swimming, entertaining and foreign holidays.  Aileen added “I am really pleased to be joining TSP. The firm has a very strong reputation locally and I am looking forward to working with my fellow team members to further enhance the team’s reputation for offering effective advice and putting the needs of its clients first. I am a people person, I thrive on getting to know my clients and being able to help them, whatever area of advice they need.”

Aileen can be contacted on 01206 217054 or by email on

The TSP Wills and Estates team provides a friendly and professional service and is conscious of the fact that in many instances clients will be going through a very difficult and distressing time when they first come to see us. The team can, if need be, offer home, care home or hospital visits for those unable to travel to our offices.

The team have prepared a guide to “Planning Ahead” – a comprehensive guide to all areas of Wills and Estates advice. A PDF copy of the guide can be downloaded by clicking here.