Nora Lillis

About Nora

Nora joined Gartlan Furey LLP as partner and head of the firm’s Private Client team in 2019. Her practice focuses on providing advice in the area of trusts and estates including the law of charity.

Areas of specialisation include advising:

  • On wills, estate planning and the administration of estates in particular with an international dimension
  • On pre-nuptial agreements
  • On family partnerships
  • On onshore and offshore trust structuring
  • On the establishment, regulation and winding up of charities
  • On philanthropy
  • Private and public companies and pension trustees in relation to issues arising on death
  • On the law of capacity, enduring powers of attorney and advanced healthcare directives
  • On related anti-money laundering issues
  • On contentious trust and estate matters
  • On family law issues in trust and estate planning

Nora is an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute and a former Chairperson of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She regularly writes articles and provides seminars on trust and estate issues and is co-author of the sections on settlements and trusts in “Irish Conveyancing Precedents” (Tottel Publishing).


Nora is included in Expert Guides 2018 Best of the Best top 30 trust and estate practitioners in the world.

Nora is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under ‘The Best Lawyers in Ireland’ for work in Trust and Estates.

Nora was awarded ‘Irish Private Client Lawyer of the Year’ at the Client Choice Awards 2017.

Nora is listed in the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 List 2017 and 2016.

According to Chambers HNW 2017, private client partner Nora Lillis is described as a “formidable operator” and “a go-to person in terms of a name and a recognition that this is a speciality.” She advises on trusts and estates, family partnerships, charity law and philanthropy matters, and contested probate and contentious trusts matters.

Nora was awarded the Best in Trusts and Estates Lawyer in Europe award at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016.

Chambers Europe, 2015 state that Nora utilises her outstanding knowledge of trusts, estates, charity and tax law to advise clients, with sources saying that she “is very efficient and always on the ball, and gives you straight advice. She isn’t afraid to say that she needs to look up an answer – she’s a pragmatist, with the ability to say that she’ll need to get back to you.”


  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, 2000
  • Member of the Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners (STEP) in Ireland
  • Member of the Irish Taxation Institute
  • Member of the Probate Bar Association of Ireland


  • University College Dublin, BCL 1996