Rachel Giles


Private Client

01582 765111


I’m a solicitor in our Private Client Department, based in our Harpenden Office. I specialise in Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

As a local person living in the area since 2002 and bringing up my family here, I understand the lives of my clients in Harpenden, and am able to advise from a position of experience and empathy.

I have advised people with large and complex wealth structures, but my main focus is normal people wanting to make the best of what they have and ensure it is preserved for the next generation to enjoy.

I provide straightforward advice, and can assist you in thinking through how you would like to structure your estate planning matters both in your lifetime and through your Will.

My experience includes advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney, where I also register them with the Court of Protection and provide advice on their operation if needed. I can also take on the administrative burden of Probate (including dealing with inheritance tax matters), hopefully making what can be a very difficult time a little bit easier.

I started my career as a trainee solicitor in London, working for a large international firm.  It very quickly became apparent that Private Client work was where my passion lay, and on qualification I enjoyed six years in London advising high net worth individuals on inheritance tax planning, complex probates, and trust administration.  I made the move to Taylor Walton following a break for family, and now enjoy my ten-minute commute from home!


Playing (and teaching) piano, and taking long walks in the local countryside.


  • Advising on potential claims against an estate and how to mitigate against this, at the point of making a Will.
  • Advising a couple on the practical and tax effects of their plan to pass assets to the next generation.
  • Advising executors on their potential liabilities and how to guard against this when distributing assets to beneficiaries.
  • Winding up an estate and ensuring all claims for inheritance tax exemption and relief are fully utilised.

Joined Taylor Walton in 2021

Lasting Powers of Attorney – Be Prepared!

By Rachel Giles | 11 May 2023

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) have been part of our legal framework since 2007 but many people remain unfamiliar with them.  Any person over the age of 18, who has mental capacity, is able to appoint one or more others to act on their behalf in financial matters and in decisions over health and welfare. …

Quirks of the Residence Nil-Rate Band

By Rachel Giles | 16 March 2023

Many clients wish to ensure they are able to take full advantage of the inheritance tax nil-rate band and the residence nil-rate band, so that maximum inheritance tax savings can be made on death. The nil-rate band, available to all, is currently £325,000 and will remain at that level until at least 5 April 2028.…