About Hutchinson Legal & Associates
We offer expert help to individuals and businesses. Established in 2004, we specialise in Will writing, Powers of Attorney, advising on trusts and all aspects of tax and estate planning. For business owners we offer specialist help with policies and legal agreements, company structure and succession planning. Through our network of trusted associates we offer a full range of personal and commercial legal services and financial planning.
We are based in Bristol but have clients across the UK, Europe and Worldwide – and, within reason, we will travel to see clients anywhere in the UK or the Channel Islands.
We are compliant with the Institute of Professional Willwriters Code of Practice which has been approved by Trading Standards Institute which is an honour bestowed on very few Codes of Practice. We are also members of the Institute of Paralegals and the New York City Paralegal Association.
The firm is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and none of our face to face advisers are practising solicitors. However the firm holds £2 million Professional Indemnity Insurance, £5 million Public Liability Insurance and undertakes continuing professional development. Some work is undertaken by specialists working under our umbrella including a solicitor and chartered tax advisers.
Hutchinson Legal & Associates is an official representative for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Remember a Charity.
We are also an Affiliate Member of SOLLA – The Society of Later Life Advisers – in recognition of our specialist work with dealing with estate planning for older clients
Founder and Director
Dr Paul Hutchinson
Paul graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with an honours degree in Law and a masters degree in International Business Law. He subsequently completed a Ph.D in Law.
He worked for Legal Budgets Ltd, the RAC Personal Injury Practice and Lyons Davidson Solicitors before branching out on his own in 2004. Paul formed Hutchinson Legal & Associates based on a genuine desire to make a positive difference to clients. His mission is to give clear and precise legal advice and peace of mind to clients without the fear of spiralling costs and an impersonal service.
Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Willwriters, a fully Licensed Paralegal and a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals. He sat on the panel of experts for the Legal Services Board, moderating Wills as part of the investigation into the regulation of Wills and estate administration. Paul is also an Affiliate member of STEP – The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners whose members are widely regarded as the most qualified specialists in Wills and trusts.
He contributed frequently to Moneywise magazine, answering readers’ questions on a variety of topics. Paul also prepares a monthly article for the Institute of Professional Willwriters’ magazine and is a regular speaker/trainer at professional development conferences and seminars.
Paul was awarded the honour of ‘Will writer of the year’ in 2014, and was published in the Legal Parliamentary review in 2018.
A fluent French speaker and writer, Paul also has a working knowledge of German and Italian. Among his extensive portfolio he enjoys advising a large number of international clients.