Rachael Leathley


Rachael is an experienced private client solicitor providing advice on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trust Administration, Estate Administration and Tax Planning.

Rachael Leathley, Associate
Specialises in:
Private Client, Agriculture & Rural
Newcastle office
0191 232 8345

Rachael has particular expertise in administering high net worth Estates and Trusts including those involving significant agricultural and business assets.


  • Advising on and drafting Wills
  • Advising clients on how to mitigate Inheritance Tax on death
  • Preparing powers of attorney – including Lasting Powers of Attorney and General Powers of Attorney.
  • Registering Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney with the Court of Protection
  • Inheritance Tax planning – including advising on Inheritance Tax reliefs and exemptions
  • Estate Administration – guiding Executors/Administrators through the process of applying for Probate / Letters of Administration and advising on all aspects of administering the deceased’s assets
  • Advising on and drafting Deeds of Variation for beneficiaries to redirect entitlement under an estate;
  • Advising on and drafting trusts
  • Advising existing Trustees on their obligations and responsibilities and assisting in the administration of on-going trusts including Disabled Beneficiary Trusts

Outside of the office
Rachael is an Ambassador for the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and currently sits on the panel for the Women’s Fund. Rachael is a mum of two, a festival goer and a fledgling gardener.

Rachael qualified as a solicitor in 2014.

We would like to say a heartfelft “thank you” for your help, advice and guidance when we were trying to negotiate what was quite an alien subject but wholly worthwhile process in completeing our wills.


Very sincere thanks to you and your support staff in undertaking the Estate administration very efficiently and professionally. Everything seems to have gone very smoothly in terms of ‘cashing up’ my late father’s portfolio, I know he would have taken great comfort in the final outcome.


We couldn't speak higher of your level of service and attention to detail. You have proved invaluable in a very testing and fraught time of our lives.


Rachael was amazing dealing with my dad's estate after his unexpected death.
Not only was she compassionate and understanding but I felt she went above and beyond.


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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.