The Society of Will Writers have released our annual conference for 2016. This will be our 20th annual conference and we have secured a host of great speakers and exhibitors to mark the occasion. (10th/11th October 2016)

This years conference promises to educate and inform as those prior to this have done. We will have 5 great speakers on day 1, on top of ‘a round up on the profession’ and ‘on how far we have come in the last year’ from SWW Director General, Brian McMillan.

We will start day 1 with a breakfast session for all the early risers. Andy Riddle from Professional Deputies will give an informative presentation about deputyships and the common problems faced starting at 8.30am in the main conference room.

The conference will then officially begin with an introduction from Brian. Those of you that have been to conference before will be aware that Brian’s discussion gives a clear view of how much we have progressed in the last year and what we plan to focus on over the coming 12 months.

The first speaker post registration will be Alex Elphinston. Some of you will know Alex as chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) England and Wales, and he has a vast amount of experience in relation to Wills and Trusts. His presentation will focus on his specialisms of dealing with vulnerable clients.

Following a short refreshment break we will welcome Professor Lesley King. She is co-author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide and editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook. She is the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and writes and lectures extensively on wills and taxation.

The afternoon sessions will focus on LPA’s and the presentation will be given by Sally Jones (Head of the OPG Legal Team). She will address some questions put to her by the Society of Will Writers.

We will finish the first days training with a presentation about drafting trusts and aiming for flexibility, given by 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.


At the end of day 1 the Society of Will Writers hold a private dinner for members and guests. We have a private bar which is open from 19.00. Dinner begins at 19.30 and is followed by some fantastic entertainment. This year we will have a table illusionist, comedian and game show evening. If the last two years are anything to go by it should be very entertaining.


Day 2 is structured differently to day 1. Firstly, day 2 closes with a light lunch. During the morning of Day 2 we hold three interactive workshops. The speakers will be covering some very practical subjects including ‘Larke v Nugus’ Letters, Will Trusts, and client scenarios.


All in all, this years conference promises to be another fantastic event. To book, please download these forms and send them to Diane Mandeville

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Conference Agenda 2016

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