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

Katherine Ellis

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

Katherine Ellis

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…

Thursfields offers support after survey reveals 72% of small charities lack legacy fundraising skills

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Small charities should seek the support of experts to increase their incomes from legacy fundraising, according to Thursfields Solicitors. The advice comes after a new national survey highlighted major skills gaps at small charities. The Foundation for Social Improvement’s Skills Survey 2018-19 revealed that 72% of small charities do not feel suitably skilled in legacy fundraising….

New report highlighting charities’ rising legacy incomes is welcomed by Thursfields

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Charities have experienced a strong rise in the income they receive from legacies, according to new research that has been welcomed by Thursfields Solicitors. There has been an average growth rate of 10% in UK charities’ legacy income according to the ten-year research report entitled ‘The UK Legacy Fundraising Market 2019’, published this month by…

Charity experts at Thursfields offer new legacies service

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Thursfields Solicitors’ Charity Law team has launched a new service to help charities understand how to maintain, maximise and grow their income from legacies. Experts are providing charity clients with bespoke, practical and realistic advice on what can be a complex set of legal obligations linked to legacies. One of the lead lawyers on Thursfields’…

Charities and minimum wage

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Sleep in care workers and the national minimum wage- Supreme court challenge Are sleep-in carers entitled to the national minimum wage for each hour of their sleep-in shift? It has been a question that has vexed the care sector for many years now but has never really been solved. In 2015 in the tribunal had…

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