Celebrating 150 years in practice


John Neill | Solicitor, Notary Public and Director

John Neill is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and obtained a postgraduate master’s degree from Queen’s University, Belfast. He qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and was appointed a Notary Public in 1991. His family has a long association with the law now extending to four generations with nine past and present family members involved in legal careers.

John is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a member of STEP Northern Ireland and the STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group. STEP is a worldwide organisation comprised of the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. Amongst its aims are to advance knowledge and learning in respect of trusts, estates and allied subjects.

He is member of the MENCAP and the National Autistic Society panels of solicitors, and is regularly requested to address MENCAP and other charitable and support groups throughout Northern Ireland. He is particularly asked to assist on the need to make wills containing special trusts to ensure the welfare and maintenance of those with a learning disability when their primary carers, usually their parents, are no longer there to do so. John has a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology and has a particular interest in this type of legal work.

He has extensive training and experience in property law (domestic, commercial and agricultural) and business matters, including partnerships. He also acts as solicitor for Lord Lurgan’s Estate.

Other Languages: French, holder of Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF).

Areas of Practice

  • Wills, trusts and estate planning, use of trusts to assist those with learning disability
  • Enduring powers of attorney, living wills
  • Property transactions, including domestic, commercial and agricultural sales, purchases and leases
  • Business and commercial transactions including sales, purchases, franchises, and partnerships, including medical practice partnerships
  • Property development, including acquisition of development land and sales
  • Notarising of documents, including powers of attorney and obtaining an apostille

Annabel Neill | Solicitor and Director

Annabel Neill is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and studied law as a postgraduate student at Queen’s University, Belfast. She obtained her professional qualification from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast and joined the firm in 1988.

Annabel heads our probate and elder client department providing specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers and in relation to the administration of estates. She is one of only a few solicitors in Northern Ireland who is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly an organisation dedicated to specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people.

She was the first solicitor in Northern Ireland to be accredited with the Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award through Solicitors for the Elderly. She is a qualified dispute resolution mediator being one of a group of specially trained solicitors and barristers who are accredited to act as mediators on behalf of parties to disputes.

Other Languages: Fluent French

Areas of Practice

  • Succession law
  • Wills
  • Probate and administration of deceased persons’ estates
  • Administering an estate where there is no will (intestacy)
  • Inheritance tax
  • Trust administration
  • Elder client law
  • Managing the affairs of elderly and vulnerable clients who have lost capacity
  • Advising on financial responsibility and funding criteria for long term residential or nursing home care
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Controllership applications
  • Gifting assets
  • Mediation and dispute resolution

Julie Milliken | Solicitor

Julie Milliken graduated in Law in 1992 from Queen’s University, Belfast and obtained her professional qualification from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1995.

Julie specialises in property law and has extensive experience in conveyancing practice. She aims to provide a straightforward, approachable and practical service to our clients during the course of every transaction.

She enjoys good working relationships with legal colleagues, estate agents and mortgage brokers which enables her to work well with other parties in moving property transactions towards completion as efficiently as possible.

She acts and advises in residential, agricultural and commercial property transactions.

Areas of Practice

  • Residential sales and purchases
  • Commercial property sales and purchases
  • Agricultural sales and purchases
  • Acting for developers and builders in residential developments
  • Re-mortgages and transfers of equity
  • Northern Ireland Co-ownership Housing Association assisted purchases
  • Equity Release