Public Trustee

Alastair Pitblado


Alastair Pitblado was the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts (appointed November 2006) and the Public Trustee (appointed October 2016). Although Alastair held both statutory offices, they remain legally separate.

Alastair sadly died in office after a serious illness on 24 June 2018. The Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton has paid tribute to his service. The 3 Deputy Official Solicitors and the Deputy Public Trustee will be covering the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee’s statutory and leadership responsibilities.

His previous roles included:

  • advisory lawyer at:

    • Department of Trade and Industry, 1995 to 2006
    • Office of the Director General of Telecommunications, 1991 to 1995
    • Treasury Solicitors Department on loan to the Registry of Friendly Societies, 1988 to 1991
  • Independent Bar (mixed common law, family, crime and general chancery practice), 1974 to 1988

Public Trustee

The Public Trustee administers trusts and estates where he has accepted appointment to do so and acts as:

  • executor and administrator of the estates of the deceased
  • trustee of trusts in the interests of vulnerable individuals or disabled people
  • where there are differences between executors, trustees or beneficiaries

The Public Trustee also deals with the recording of applications for notice to quit under the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994.

Previous roles in government

  1. Official Solicitor

    • 2006 to 2018