Partner and Head of Private Client
Services for individuals
Lin is a Solicitor and Head of the Private Client (Wills, Trusts and Probate) Department with 20 years' experience in the legal profession.
She graduated in 1995 from the University of East Anglia with First Class Double Honours in Law and German and Law and Language and was awarded the Herbert Smith prize for the best degree result. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998 following a training contract with Eversheds (Norwich & Brussels), later working at Mills & Reeve and Kennedys advising on the legal aspects of acquired brain injury and mental incapacity within clinical negligence. Lin is a Full Professional Member of Solicitors for the Elderly and acts as a professional Deputy and Trustee for numerous clients and specialises in Court of Protection matters, in particular Deputyships, Statutory Wills and Personal Injury Trusts following compensation from a personal injury or clinical negligence claim. Lin is frequently instructed by defendants or claimants in ongoing Personal Injury Claims to prepare expert witness statements in relation to Deputyship costs. Lin is one of two Office of the Public Guardian Panel Deputies for Norfolk and Suffolk and is often appointed directly by the Court of Protection to act in complex cases or when an independent person is recommended.
Lin is married with 2 young children. She is an active member of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and enjoys tennis and travelling.
Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2015: Lin Whitehead, a regular Court of Protection Deputy, is 'easy to deal with and good with clients'.
Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014: “Headed by the 'very personable' Lin Whitehead, Clapham & Collinge's Private Client Team has notable experience in charities and elderly issues.''
''Clapham & Collinge hired damages expert Lin Whitehead from Hansells, who brings extensive experience as Court of Protection Deputy for brain-injured children.''
The Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms in the UK published their rankings for 2016 describing Lin as 'very responsive' who is noted for her 'clear advice and efficient matter management'
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide listed Lin as an elite 'Leading Lawyer' and gains a further mention as a 'Top-quality private client lawyer'
"The advice given by Lin Whitehead and Lauren Abbs was presented clearly and with consideration."September 2019
"Thank you to Lin for her expert advice."June 2019