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Lesley Rushton

Managing Partner

Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Lesley is Managing Partner and a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer. She is attached to the Wills, Tax & Estate Administration Team at the Canterbury office, and has specialised in matters relating to Wills and inheritance for over 30 years.

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Lesley's experience is wide ranging and includes high net worth estates, estates involving foreign assets and repatriation, estates where a large number of beneficiaries need to be traced (the record stands at over 90) and those containing business assets.

Lesley adopts a professional and informative approach whilst ensuring that her clients feel comfortable and at ease in situations that can often be emotional and difficult.

She is approachable, sympathetic and effective, endeavouring at all times to meet her clients’ legal requirements with speed and efficiency. Lesley is also happy to make home or hospital visits for clients who cannot attend the office.

Lesley was born in Canterbury and attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham. She graduated from Middlesex University with a Bachelor of Law Honours Degree and completed her Solicitors’ Finals at Guildford School of Law. She was articled to Girlings in 1990 and qualified as a solicitor in 1992. When she qualified, Lesley joined the Private Client team at Girlings. Five years later Lesley became a Partner and shortly after was appointed as Head of Department. In 2023, Lesley became the first female Managing Partner in the Firm's history.

The Wills, Tax & Estate Administration Department is accredited by the Law Society under their Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This is a best practice quality mark for Wills and estate administration and sets rigorous client service standards to ensure transparency in process, costs and communications.

Wills, Tax & Estate Administration


Lesley works extensively with the elderly and vulnerable. She is a fully accredited member of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a select and specialist national group of lawyers who support and make a difference to older and vulnerable people.

Lesley is in the directory of specialist legal professionals for MENCAP and for the National Autistic Society. She also acts as an observer for Age UK Herne Bay and gives talks to local voluntary and charity organisations about Wills and Powers of Attorney.

She has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Drafting of Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Work involving the Court of Protection – Deputy appointments and capacity issues
  • Declarations of Trust for property matters
  • Severance of Joint Tenancy and Entry of Restrictions at HM Land Registry
  • Dealing with probate: Estate administration, Variation of Wills
  • Advising on Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax planning, tax mitigation and estate planning to include foreign assets
  • Advice on Trusts
  • Personal Injury Trust advice and drafting
  • Lifetime gift planning


Our Experts

Charlotte Nock

Head of Department
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Louise Wilson

Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Ovid Busette

Senior Associate Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Joshua Parton TEP

Senior Associate Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Poppy Cooke

Associate Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Laura Harvey

Assistant Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Tracy Furminger

Chartered Financial Planner
Independent Financial Planning


You lifted the weight from my shoulders in such a caring and empathetic way. Thank you for such a friendly and efficient service which was very much appreciated.
It just remains to thank you for all your help during this difficult period, and for your handling of the estate in general, very much appreciated.
I'm just writing to say thank you very much for your administration of the Will Trust, which I know has been a complex process. I have very much appreciated your efficiency in keeping me fully informed right throughout and always getting back to me quickly, even when on leave.
Dr G Bradley
Lesley Rushton is highly knowledgeable and approachable and always personable and willing to guide and give expert opinion. Her response times are excellent and she is able to filter elements down to the essential ingredients.
Legal 500
May I say how helpful you and your staff have been, I really do think you took all the stress away. Many, many thanks for your patience, help and most of all the laughs.
We visited Lesley at Girlings to up-date our Wills. We were quite shocked at how basic our old Wills were, when we had followed the advice of a previous solicitor. Lesley was very thorough, knowledgeable and gave us so much advice, encouraging us to think about things we may not have considered in the past. She handled the process in a professional, caring manner. We came away from the appointment feeling that we had everything in order and in good hands.
Susan Ball
I was and am impressed by and grateful for your efficient, helpful and sympathetic handling of my affairs. If anyone I know needs a solicitor I will certainly recommend you.
Jennifer Brown
Many thanks for all your help dealing with first my father's and then my mother's legal affairs. You have been so helpful, as well as efficient throughout and made a fairly unpleasant process more than bearable.
Alastair Wrigley
Thank you for making this whole experience so easy. There was never a time when I couldn't get an answer to a phone call or an email and that was always so helpful.
Mrs Burden
I have dealt with other solicitor companies in the past with regard to my will. The level of service, professionalism and helping me understand the options were outstanding at Girlings. The best.
Miss Rawson
I have had nothing but kindness and expert advice which made my situation more bearable.
Mrs Turner
Cherish Lesley she is absolutely superb, approachable, caring, knowledgeable and totally professional.
Dr & Mrs Stefani
It was a pleasure to meet Lesley Rushton and the help and advice she gave was exemplary.
Mr & Mrs Vennart
I have been a customer with Girlings for many years now and have always been very satisfied with advice and service given to me.
I was very pleased to receive a professional level of service from start to finish. It seems to be a rare experience with most firms I deal with.
Lesley was professional, efficient and helpful throughout and at the same time very pleasant.
I just wanted to say thank you for your help over the past 7 or 8 years in dealing with our parents’ affairs.
Mr William K
Lesley Rushton is superb and has a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also a knack of explaining things in a clear and accessible way. She gives you time to digest information and consider options and does not put you under pressure to make decisions until you are comfortable.
Legal 500