Society of Will Writers Annual Conference, October 2016
The SWW Trust Corporation regularly sends personnel to meet and greet Members of the Society of Will Writers at the wonderful Annual Conference. This year was the Society’s 20th annual conference with a host of great speakers and exhibitors to mark the occasion, and our Head of Probate, Carmen Cottingham, brought down two Estate Managers, Thomas Jordan and James Greenwood, to see the sights.
Amongst the highlights, Andy Riddle from Professional Deputies gave an informative presentation about deputyships and the common problems faced in that role. Alex Elphinston, chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) England and Wales, spoke on his specialisms of dealing with vulnerable clients.
Perhaps the jewel in the crown was Professor Lesley King. She is co-author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide, editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook and the Wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette. Her talk was very well received by delegates, who were delighted to have such a pre-eminent expert addressing subjects crucial to the profession.
Further presentations were given by Sally Jones (Head of the OPG Legal Team), and Solicitor and College of Will Writing tutor Mike Smith. Mike has given presentations at countless conferences and continues to impress delegates with his useful content and approach to Wills and Estate Planning.
SWWTC’s attendees also enjoyed a private dinner for members and guests followed by some fantastic entertainment, including a table illusionist, comedian and game show evening.
The second day comprised of workshops run by Martin Holdsworth of Jones Myers, Mike Smith, and our very own James Greenwood. Hands-on debates and discussions on current Will and probate issues really gave delegates a chance to get involved and test their own professional development.
All in all this year’s conference was a resounding success, with the usual combination of education, networking and modest amounts of frivolity. We shall eagerly await the announcement of next year’s line-up.