Melinda Giles hosts a webinar offering a practical toolkit for private client law work during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Practising private client law work during COVID-19 has placed huge difficulties on the profession to support clients, their families and practitioners.

Melinda Giles, the Law Society Private Client Section Council member, shares her firm’s experiences of practice during the start of the pandemic, providing a practical toolkit of recommendations for future practice to minimise risks and maximise productivity.

This webinar is inclusive to Private Client Section members and available to view on demand. 

The webinar originally broadcast on 5 August 2020. 


The webinar covers:

  • practicalities around witnessing documents and mental capacity updates whilst maintaining social distancing
  • working with care homes whilst keeping yourself and your client safe
  • managing client expectations around current delays
  • how to plan for the future if we have a ‘second wave’ or social distancing continues into the winter making meeting outside impractical
  • negligent beneficiary claims (Carline & Frierson)
  • non-robust wills in emergency conditions – and agreeing to re-execute once emergency passed
  • managing risks, health, and safety.


Melinda Giles, Head of Private Client, Giles Wilson Solicitors

Currently the head of private client in Giles Wilson LLP; an Essex regional firm, Melinda has practised as a private client solicitor for 25 years during which time she has been a Court of Protection panel deputy and mental-health accredited solicitor.

In 2014, she joined the Private Client Section advisory committee with particular focus on our annual conference, the elderly and vulnerable client care conference, and the Section magazine. In 2017, she was elected as the private client Council member and is now one of Council’s culture advocates and on the Membership and Operations Committee. In 2017, she was also appointed to the Wills & Equity Policy Committee.