Charity advice begins at Higgs

22nd July 2014

A seminar providing step-by-step assistance to trustees, directors, fundraisers and administrators of charities has been help by leading law firm Higgs & Sons.

The Midlands firm welcomed more than 50 guests to a 'charities update' seminar, held in conjunction with Clement Keys accountants and Charles Stanley financial solutions.

Charities and not for profit organisations from across the region attended the event.

The first keynote speaker of the day was Mike Holland, business development director for Charles Stanley Financial Solutions. In a well-received talk on auto enrolment for charities, he led guests through the difficult world of pensions.

Mike has nearly 20 years' experience in dealing with employee benefits. He has built up significant experience dealing with all sizes of businesses; from major blue-chip organisations through to the intricate requirements of smaller owner-managed businesses.

Higgs' head of charities and not for profit, Kirsty McEwen, also spoke at the seminar. She took the delegates on a whistle stop tour of recent legislation and cases that affect the third sector.

Speaking of the seminar, Kirsty said: "We were delighted with the turn out for this event and extremely pleased to share our knowledge and advice. For many charities, the administration around running their organisations can be a new experience, and with the landscape continually changing, it's always a good idea to keep up to date with legal changes."

Kirsty is a member of the private client team at Higgs, and was recently appointed Trustee of the Solicitor's Benevolent Association. She underwent a rigorous selection process in order to be selected, and it adds to her list of accolades and achievements that see her specialise in advising charities and not for profit organisations on all aspects of their operations.

Kirsty regularly writes and speaks on issues affecting the charity sector and is also a member of the Charity Law Association, the Ecclesiastical Law Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

The third and final speaker was Fleur Holden, partner at Clement Keys accountants, who offered a practical session answering the question "what makes a good trustees report?".

Higgs & Sons employs more than 200 people, including more than 100 specialist lawyers, in its two offices on the Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill and in Kingswinford.


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