Foot Anstey

Corporate Partner

Key Contacts

Lucy Gill, Partner
Lucy leads the Legacies team and specialises in all aspects of contentious trusts and probate work for charities. Lucy has a comprehensive track record in the charities sector with more than 15 years’ experience of helping charities resolve legacy disputes.

Lucy is a member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), having completed the advanced certificate in Trust Disputes. She works closely with colleagues in the firm’s media, property litigation, real estate, private wealth and mental capacity teams to provide a seamless service to clients.

Lucy is described as “A very professional, ambitious and creative lawyer” and “Experienced, sensible and helpful.” Legal 500 2019

Phone: 01392 685257

Anna Phillips, Head of Charity Property

Phone: 01392 685241

Emma Facey, Legal Director

Phone: 01392 685 275

Helen Hoare, Consultant

Phone: 01392 685399


Exeter: Senate Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1NT
Bristol: 2 Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0EL
London: 36-38 Cornhill, London EC3V 3NG

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Client testimonial

“We have been working closely with the Legacy team at Foot Anstey for a number of years. They combine a highly professional approach and knowledge of the law with an acute awareness of the requisite sensitivity and sympathy required in dealing with each matter on behalf of a charity. We depend on the team to act swiftly and efficiently while bearing our best interests in mind.”

About Foot Anstey

We are a top 100 UK law firm and one of the largest law firms headquartered outside of London with a reputation for being entrepreneurial, specialist and easy to do business with. We focus on bespoke advice delivered through premium levels of service.

We strive to always deliver an exceptional service. Our advice is personal, practical, solutions focussed, and we will always work to be as cost effective for our clients as possible. The experience of our team lets us find innovative solutions to disputes, avoiding the need for costly litigation and the associated delays that often accompany the court process. We see litigation as a last resort, not the first port of call.

We are proud to work with a wide range of small to large charities across England and Wales and our team of over 20 charity specialists work across a variety of disciplines with expertise in a wide range of issues that can affect charities.

Our team takes a unique approach to income generation for charities through:

  • legacy administration solutions (in-house or outsourced)
  • charity probate and estate administration; under power of attorney or where charity is acting itself
  • advice on charity law and governance
  • supporting on property issues and reviews
  • solutions to legacy and property disputes
  • financial and accrual reporting
  • senior level legacy management strategy development
  • legacy audits and quality framework projects
  • legacy marketing training through partnerships with leading fundraising experts
  • senior leader training with the Leadership Accelerator programme delivered through ILM

We bring together legal and strategic expertise to help charities grow, sustain, and optimise their legacy income stream. We can manage this important income stream, at scale using evolving technology to support our clients’ needs.

The team’s strength lies in our legacy dispute work, probate, and our outsourced legacy administration solutions. We have a mix of contentious and non-contentious lawyers, many of our team have STEP or ACTAPS qualifications and over 10 years’ experience working for national charities.

The team has seven specialist lawyers dealing with contentious trust and probate cases arising out of legacy income. It has eight lawyers assisting charities appointed as executors of estates with probate.

The team is also known for its unique offering in respect of legacy administration for charities. It has over £100 million of legacy income under its management with a team of six specialists dedicated to realising this income for charities.

In addition, the team includes Anna Phillips, our senior litigation lawyer specialising in resolving property issues where the property is an asset in the estate and Andrew Mackie our charity lawyer who advises on key governance and constitutional issues.

Our team has direct in-house experience working at charities such as the National Trust, Save the Children, Alzheimer’s UK, and Cancer Research UK which enables us to provide pragmatic, solutions focused advice which comes from a deep understanding of what it is like to work within the sector.

Our clients’ reputations are an important consideration in everything we do. Our nationally recognised Media team advise charities on reputation management issues including social media and data protection. The team has over 25 years’ experience in this complex field.