Alastair Pitblado is the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts (appointed November 2006) and the Public Trustee (appointed October 2016). Although Alastair holds both statutory offices, they remain legally separate.
His previous roles include:
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
The Official Solicitor duties mainly relate to protecting the vulnerable in the justice system, in particular litigants who are children or young persons and those unable to conduct their own litigation due to lack of mental capacity.
The role is, however, wide and varied. See the full list of duties on our ‘About us’ page.
The Public Trustee administers trusts and estates where he has accepted appointment to do so.
He 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.