Paddy Appleton LLB TEP

Partner and Head of Private Client

T: 01832 270524

Service Area(s):

  • Agriculture and rural services
  • Charity and not for profit
  • Services for Education Sector
  • Wills, Trusts & Probate


  • Oundle

Paddy is a Partner and Head of Private Client.

He also specialises in tax planning and has considerable expertise in helping clients plan for the future.

Paddy gained an LLB at Leeds University before attending Chester College of Law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985. Paddy is a member of STEPSolicitors for the Elderly, the Law Society Probate section and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Legacy Management. He is also a past President of the Peterborough and District Law Society.

Specifically, Paddy can advise you on:

  • Preparing a Will - helping you to draw up a Will and consider the tax implications of how you leave your property.
  • Pre and post death tax planning - helping you to reduce the amount of tax you pay in your lifetime and on death by the use of appropriate financial planning and trusts.
  • Inter-generational tax planning strategies to help your children pay less tax in the future.
  • Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney - preparing for the future by drawing up an LPA to ensure that your property and your welfare are managed as you wish if you become incapable of doing so yourself.
  • Applying to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy should it no longer be possible to complete a Lasting Power of Attorney.
  • Administering an estate when someone has died – dealing with all aspects including obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration and dealing with the Revenue.
  • Administering family and other trusts.
  • Care Home Fees - planning for the possible impact of care home fees in the future by developing strategies to fund such care, which minimise the impact on your assets.
  • Advising on Charity set ups and constitutions.

In 2019, Paddy, continued to be a Leading Individual and was again recommended by the Legal 500 in the following areas of his expertise.

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2020

 Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2020

Legal 500 Leading Individual

Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate

  • "They are very approachable and friendly, have a good knowledge of things that are important, and are good at sharing the knowledge amongst their team." Legal 500 2020
  • “...Paddy Appleton  in Oundle is ‘likeable and friendly and explains things simply; he is very good with estate probate and agricultural issues’.” Legal 500 2019
  • "...Paddy Appleton (whose service is ‘second to none; he makes complicated matters easy to understand’) works from the Oundle office and is one of the region’s most experienced practitioners." Legal 500 2017
  • "At Hunt & Coombs LLP, head of probate Paddy Appleton ‘explains matters clearly and has excellent technical knowledge’.” Legal 500 2016

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer

Private Client - Charities & Not for Profit

  • "Their legal knowledge is robust and they develop an in-depth knowledge of our business and the specific industry we operate within." Legal 500 2020
  • “Head of charities Paddy Appleton advises numerous charities on the drafting, amendment or interpretation of their constitutions and their registration with the Charity Commission. He also supports them in tax planning matters.” Legal 500 2019
  • "Paddy Appleton, who is ‘exceptionally helpful and answers any question speedily’" Legal 500 2017
  • "Appleton’s clients note that ‘his advice is invaluable and the rest of the team is also extremely professional and helpful’." Legal 500 2017

Private Client - Agriculture and Estates

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