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Trevor Worth

Advisory Board Member

MBA TEP
Trevor has over 34 years experience in the legal services profession after starting his business at 23 years old. Trevor specialises in…

Trevor has over 34 years experience in the legal services profession after starting his business at 23 years old. Trevor specialises in Inheritance and Succession Planning, bringing the expertise needed to protect clients and their families.

Trevor holds his Masters (MBA) from the University of Exeter and continues to guest lecture on innovation and entrepreneurship at several universities and he sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Essex Business School and Marjon University. He has also served on the Advisory panel of the Legal Services Board.

Trevor provides consultancy services to a number of law and financial services firms. He is qualified to the worldwide gold standard for Trust and Estate Practitioners with full STEP qualifications and is seen as a legal innovator.

Trevor actively supports local causes and charities in our community, in addition to investing in and mentoring young entrepreneurs. In January 2019 Trevor introduced the 4 Day Week to Portcullis and by increasing salaries at the same time, became the first company in the world to do so.

Trevor is committed to working to improve access to legal services that are innovative and completely client focused. He strives to help a younger generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders achieve their aims with sustainability and creativity at the forefront of their thinking.

  • MD & Founder of Portcullis Legals and pioneer of the 4 day week
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Essex Business School and Marjon University

Charlotte Ponder

Advisory Board Member

LL.B (Hons) TEP
Charlotte is the Legal Director for Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd and holds a key responsibility in overseeing the…

Charlotte is the Legal Director for Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd and holds a key responsibility in overseeing the running of the Processing and Admin Teams as well as ensuring that the day-to-day operations run smoothly across the company.

Charlotte became a full TEP in 2017 following completion of the STEP Diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients, and she now regularly speaks at industry events and attends meetings with key stakeholders in the legal sector such as the Law Commission.

Charlotte is a member of the Industry Working Group (IWG) on Electronic Execution of Documents established by the Ministry of Justice, a 3 year appointment looking at increasing confidence and reliance on the electronic execution of documents across law and industry.In December 2019 she was appointed a Trustee for Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire to help shape and guide the future development and strategy of the charity, and from April 2021 she was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Board.

Charlotte is passionate about encouraging others to follow careers in Private Client, Legal Tech and Legal Project Management and always willing to take part in events at local high schools and universities to help the lawyers of the future understand what this means. She recently took part in a panel at Coventry University’s first ‘Legal Futures’ Conference.

  • Legal Director at Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd
  • Member of the Government Working Group on Electronic Execution of Documents
  • Vice-Chair of Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire
  • Member of the Chancery Bar and Family Law Bar Associations

Corin Holness

Advisory Board Member

Corin is the head of sales at Sail Group, the UK’s No.1 Probate Property specialist. They focus on streamlining the…

Corin is the head of sales at Sail Group, the UK’s No.1 Probate Property specialist. They focus on streamlining the journey for the consumer through property and probate and providing all options so that an informed choice can be made.

Corin has previously worked in the financial, legal and real estate industry and his skills include Business Planning, Management, and Business Development.

Corin studied at the University of Akron and is Level 4 DipFs qualified. Corin has been in the legal services industry for the last ten years working for an estate planning firm, a provider of regulated services and a trust corporation. Corin has a passion for networking, relationship creation, and management. He enjoys nothing more than finding out what someone does, what a business is all about and linking people together.

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3 websites: www.saillegal.co.uk, www.sailhomes.co.uk and www.sailprobate.co.uk

Email: corin.holness@sailhomes.co.uk

Phone: 07740682186

Philip Pamment

Advisory Board Member

Philip is a STEP qualified Estate Planner and Fellow of the Society of Will Writers. Philip’s journey into will writing…

Philip is a STEP qualified Estate Planner and Fellow of the Society of Will Writers.

Philip’s journey into will writing and estate planning began over 20 years ago, and since then, he has worked with thousands of clients to give them the ability and peace of mind of preparing their Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and helping with Probate.

Philip recognises that his clients are looking for security for their family and loved ones when they are no longer around. He understands a dedicated professional is of paramount importance, hence his goal is to make this process as painless as possible, making this journey clear and easy for them and their family.

Not only does Philip have a large network of his own clients he also assists his friends and contacts in the wealth management sector to ensure their clients also have the correct planning in place.

Website: www.paalifeplanning.com

Office Phone: 0161 258 8461

Mobile: 0787 6408347

Email: philip@paa-wills.com

Hardeep Gill

Advisory Board Member

Hardeep Gill is the Trust Administration Technical Manager at Legacy Wills & Estate Planning Limited, Leicester.  Hardeep graduated from The…

Hardeep Gill is the Trust Administration Technical Manager at Legacy Wills & Estate Planning Limited, Leicester.  Hardeep graduated from The University of Derby with honours in Business Studies and is CeMAP qualified. Now studying towards her CILEX Level 6 qualification, with 2 modules completed to date with distinctions.

Hardeep has been with Legacy Wills & Estate Planning Limited for 16 years and throughout this time has worked in several departments. Over the last 5 years, she has gained specialist knowledge and experience in trusts and conveyancing as the manager of the trust administration department. Her role now includes project management and acting as liaison for several of the company’s trusted business partners.

Email: trusts@legacywills.co.uk

Telephone: 0345 2600 600

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Website: www.legacywills.co.uk

 

Chris Whittington

Advisory Board Member

Chris is the Business & Relationship Development Manager for ZEDRA Group, where he works with estate planning and financial professionals.…

Chris is the Business & Relationship Development Manager for ZEDRA Group, where he works with estate planning and financial professionals. Using his award-winning solutions in the field, he provides first-class service to clients whilst assisting with their bereavement and intergenerational wealth strategies.

Chris recognises the pain that many of his clients go through when losing a loved one. He knows the pressures and responsibilities that follow: reading the will, dividing and controlling assets, and sorting legal affairs. Throughout this process, Chris is passionate about compassion and is a staunch believer that it is an integral part of the estate planning industry.

It is essential to lay a foundation of trust with the client from their first appointment to receiving assets. This means they are more comfortable and the process runs significantly smoother. Consequently, Chris’ empathetic personality enables him to deliver the best service to his clients during difficult and emotional times.

Chris’ wide range of experience within the industry means he fully understands the complexities of estate planning administrations. In addition, his efficient and disciplined time management has been invaluable, especially when managing accounts – he once managed an extensive partner network of over 200 partners.

With his experience as a national account manager, Chris has worked with many will writing and estate planning companies. His in-depth knowledge of the structure of these firms complements his business development acumen. In addition, he provides sales training, offering new and innovative strategies whilst reinforcing the importance of compliance.

He has organised and presented at many local and regional workshops and events. At these events, he shares his knowledge of wills and estate planning whilst listening to the opinion of others and offering impartial advice to their situations. He also has a keen interest in the technical and digital aspects of the industry and how it could develop further.

Chris has a natural capability for business development in the will writing and estate planning sector. He can help grow businesses whilst building high levels of rapport and developing relationships with solicitors, estate planners and financial professionals. As a valued advisory board member, he will be able to provide solutions and guidance to those unsure of how to approach this area of business.

Jonathan Maskew

Advisory Board Member

Jonathan is currently Head of Private Client (Birmingham) with leading law firm Taylor Rose MW and has a wealth of…

Jonathan is currently Head of Private Client (Birmingham) with leading law firm Taylor Rose MW and has a wealth of knowledge managing lawyers and barristers spanning over 30 years.

Jonathan is widely acknowledged in the private client landscape for the delivery of professional services through transformational and change management, service excellence initiatives and innovative business solutions and models to be able to work smarter not harder.

Jonathan is passionate about supporting the next generation of lawyers and is always available to provide his support via coaching and mentoring  to “tomorrow’s lawyers” and allow them an  insight of what is needed to differentiate in a crowded legal services environment.

Jonathan always embraces change and  takes a keen interest in the route for legaltech, lawtech and AI (Artificial Intelligence) and how the online offering and digital initiatives, whilst bring challenges, is bringing significant opportunities to the legal sector.

Website: www.taylor-rose.co.uk

Mobile: 07941 478463

Email: Jonathan.maskew@taylor-rose.co.uk

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Louise Sackey

Advisory Board Member

To say that Louise is an expert in her field is an understatement. As a commercial litigation solicitor specialising in…

To say that Louise is an expert in her field is an understatement. As a commercial litigation solicitor specialising in contentious probate, there is not a circumstance or situation that Louise has not come across or dealt with.

Louise studied Law at the University of Derby. After completing her degree, she then went on to start her training contract at Bakewells, where she became an associate solicitor. Through her journey in the company, she became well versed in matters involving will contestation, trustee disputes and defending claims under the 1975 Inheritance Act. Alongside these topics, she furthered her knowledge of proprietary estoppel and executor and administrator disputes.

In addition to her profound knowledge, Louise focuses on the importance of client welfare and support when dealing with sensitive topics such as wills and probate. When times are tough, especially after the death of a loved one, tense subjects can be emotionally draining and highly stressful. She emphasises the importance of putting clients first, listening to their concerns, discussing options and resolving their worries, which results in maximum effectiveness for all involved.

As a litigator, Louise understands the value of balance. While a commercial view is essential, the client’s concerns and welfare should always be considered. Her way of thinking results in both the client and litigator having a relationship built out of trust and loyalty, thus leading to good practice.

Louise knows the darker side of the legal sector, having significant experience dealing with professional negligence with claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors. Her all-around experience dealing with cases involving professionals alongside the public means that she has a holistic view and well-grounded insight regarding property, insolvency, and general commercial litigation.

Louise is enthusiastic about building lasting relationships with will writers and probate practitioners; this is one of the reasons why she believes the Best Foundation is vital. It will provide the community that is needed within the industry. This is especially necessary for professionals just starting their careers or self-employed individuals who work independently, as there can often be a sense of isolation.

If you are looking for an expert on estate planning and will writing, especially concerning legal practice, then Louise is your person; this is why we are excited to have her on the advisory panel.

Sarah Williams

Advisory Board Member

TEP
Sarah is an experienced director with a demonstrable history of working in the legal services sector. Sarah’s expertise can help…

Sarah is an experienced director with a demonstrable history of working in the legal services sector. Sarah’s expertise can help guide others in the industry. She studied Law at the University of Liverpool and then went on to study further at the College of Law, achieving a distinction.

After finishing university, she then trained to become a solicitor. She specialised in several areas such as private client matters, wills, trusts, probate, conveyancing, commercial conveyancing and power of attorney.

Sarah then joined Allguard Legal Services, where she became the Head of Legal Practice. Taking on more responsibility and a leadership role, she oversaw a team of over two hundred consultants and conducted regular training sessions on many issues, including conduct, compliance and legislation. Whilst in this position, she was selected to be one of twelve members of the Legal Services Board. The expert panel was appointed to investigate the need for regulation in the will writing industry.

Knowing she wanted more of a challenge, Sarah then became director of Accord Legal Services Ltd, which she has been for almost ten years. At this rapidly expanding national legal services company, she uses her knowledge of wills, power of attorneys and trusts to support her client base with the know-how needed in such a complex area.

She doesn’t just focus on one area of the business. She recognises that for a company to be truly successful, you should be able to understand all elements it is comprised of. This belief gives her a truly universal view of the company, enabling her to see what is happening and why. In addition to this, she also maintains business relationships alongside supporting with technical assistance.

However, she does not limit herself to her director position. Sarah frequently participates in public speaking, educating other professionals on her experiences in the industry, and providing support to those with queries. Furthermore, she is a member of several groups, including Ladies in Law, Solicitors for the Elderly and the Law Society Gazette. Sarah understands the importance of communities in the industry, connecting both new and old and making everyone aware of recent legislative changes that may affect those in the field.

As a prominent public speaker interested in digital innovation and a compliance champion, Sarah is an asset to the Best Foundation advisory board. Her expansive knowledge of the field and the desire to see change, alongside a more substantial community feel in the industry, means that she is genuinely dedicated to her position.

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