Thursfields lawyer joins Institute of Fundraising committee | Charity Law


Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Charities and Communities sector at Thursfields Solicitors’ Kidderminster office, has joined the West Midlands committee of the Institute of Fundraising. The Institute of Fundraising aims to provide support, inspiration and professional development opportunities to fundraisers across the UK, with the West Midlands committee supporting those fundraisers working…

Major charity legacy fraud triggers crucial advice from Thursfields

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Charities need to keep close to supporters, alert to potential legacies and inquisitive over administration processes to avoid being defrauded, according to Thursfields Solicitors. The warning comes after a court heard how a solicitor had plundered a wealthy woman’s £1.6 million estate to buy a £580,000 home for himself after he was appointed executor of…

Legacies Service | Charity law

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Our Charity Law team appreciate how important it is for charities to maintain, maximise, and grow this vital income stream and we are dedicated to advising and supporting our charity clients to help them achieve this. In particular, Katherine Ellis, Senior Associate Solicitor within our firm, has five years first hand experience of legacy administration…

Charities must double-check tax status on legacies | Charity Law

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The tax status of legacies for charities can be complex and exemptions cannot be assumed. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor at Thursfields, was commenting following the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of Routier and Anor v HMRC which considered whether a £1.7 million legacy bequeathed by a UK citizen to a…

Women’s charity wins £250 in Thursfields’ prize draw

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Thursfields Solicitors was a proud sponsor of this year’s Institute of Fundraising West Midlands Conference which took place in Birmingham last month. Charities in attendance had the opportunity to win a donation of £250 and the prize was picked up by Emily Johnson of Anawim– Women Working Together, which exists to support women and their…

Small charities need to invest to benefit from legacies growth | Charity law

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Thursfields Solicitors has advised small charities to invest to make sure they benefit from an increasing trend of legacies to the charitable sector. Katherine Ellis, a Senior Associate Solicitor at Thursfields’ Kidderminster office, was commenting after a new report revealed a 4% growth in the people’s willingness to leave gifts to charities in their Wills….

Thursfields’ Family Law team tops The Legal 500 rankings | Charity law

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The Family Law team at Thursfields Solicitors has been promoted to Tier 1 in the latest edition of The Legal 500, the “industry bible” of the legal sector. The guide praised the team for its success covering the full range of family issues, and for generating work from local, national and international clients. The Legal…

Charities should act now to build on the rise in legacy intentions | Charity law

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A rise in the public’s willingness to leave gifts to charities in their wills should prompt charitable organisations to act now to attract this growing income. Katherine Ellis, a senior associate solicitor in Thursfields’ Birmingham office was speaking after a new survey found 40% of people aged 40-plus would be happy to give a small…

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