We are pleased to announce that the 2017 SWW annual conference has now gone live. Today marks the launch of the 21st annual conference held by the Society of Will Writers.

Asked about the launch SWW Director General Brian McMillan said “The team have got some way to go to top last years event which went fantastically but I’m confident with the line up of speakers we have it will be very attractive to both new and existing members”.

This years event will be held on the 9th and 10th of October at the Abbey Hotel and Country Club in Redditch, just south of Birmingham.


Anthony Belcher who is responsible for assisting with the launch of the conference and manages the audio for the event highlighted how the event is open to both members and non-members and that the professionals he has spoken to are all already looking forward to the event.

Diane Mandeville who processes all the bookings for the event joked how she had already received two bookings based on the success of recent years prior to the launch.

What delegates can expect from this years event is a host of engaging speakers including; Tim Farmer, Caroline Bielanska, Craig Ward, Sally Jones and Adam Johnson.

These names should be familiar as all are industry leading experts, authors, tutors and speakers.

The focus for this years event is on vulnerable clients and delegates who have attended previous events have called for the return of speakers like Tim and Sally so we are pleased to be able to welcome them back to present at this years event. For those who have not had the pleasure of attending any of their presentations, Sally is the Head of the Legal team at the Office of the Public Guardian and will be giving a workshop on 10 years of the OPG. Tim Farmer attended a conference a couple of years ago and went down incredibly well. We’re delighted to have Tim back for a slot on day 1 to talk about mental capacity assessments.

New faces for this years event include Caroline who is a specialist solicitor and a part of the group ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’. Adam Johnson is also a new speaker for the conference and has attended many in the past. Adam handles the training for his regional group, is part of the SWW’s Professional Standards Board, is STEP qualified and is a partner of St James’s Place and takes training very seriously. He is looking forward to giving an interactive workshop on lifetime care.

Attendees will be more than familiar with Derek Forbes who is our MC for the event. Derek was responsible for the organisation of our earliest conferences and has had an active involvement with the SWW over many years.

Delegates who wish to join us for our private dinner on the Monday evening will no doubt enjoy the delicious food, table illusionist and evening entertainment.

If you would like to exhibit at this years conference please contact [email protected] for pricing. If you would like to book onto conference then please complete this SWW Conference Delegate Booking Form and email it back to The Society of Will Writers ([email protected]).

SWW Conference Agenda 2017



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