New appointment to Law Society Wills and Equity Committee

A Maidenhead based solicitor has been appointed to The Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee following her successful application.

Circe Law founder Jade Gani has been admitted onto the committee which advises on law and process reform across the wills, trusts and probate sector and supports the development of up-to-date professional advice and guidance.

Applications to join the committee were launch back in April 2023. At the time long-standing committee member Ian Bond told Today’s Wills and Probate

“(Joining the committee) is an excellent and rewarding thing to do – it is not just solicitors on the committee; we have academics, barristers, charity legacy officers, and look for a range of contributors that can enhance the understanding of the Law Society when it comes to contributing to the policy debate on all matters private client.”

Gani recently launched Circe Law in January following earlier stints at Aston Bond and Meadows Ryan. The firm specialises in private client law with expertise in complex Wills and estate planning, IHT planning, estate administration, trusts, and court of protection work. Alongside running the business Gani is currently a Director of Solicitors for the Elderly, a fully accredited member of STEP and a Community Ambassador for Thames Hospice.

Gani’s career to date has seen her collect a number of accolades, being recognised as “Young Practitioner of the Year” at The British Wills and Probate Awards in 2020, and STEP Global Private Client Awards in 2021. She has also been a judge for the STEP Private Client Awards and written extensively for publications including Today’s Wills and Probate and LawSkills.

Commenting on her appointment Gani says

“I was originally encouraged to look at a position on the committee by the wonderful Gill Steele, who originally helped establish the committee. I also spoke with Ian Bond who is on the committee, and he felt I would be a ‘good fit’.”

“A role on the committee appealed to me as it was an opportunity to make meaningful change in the Wills and Probate sector. I wanted to get involved in laws that will impact individuals such as my clients, as well as setting standards for best practise.”

“In terms of plans, I am looking forward to getting caught up with the latest workflows, and hopefully making my own meaningful contributions.”

The work of the Wills and Equity Committee is one of the topics discussed in a recent Today’s Wills and Probate podcast with committee member Melinda Giles in which she covers

  • LPA reform and digitisation
  • lobbying government to improve court services
  • considering the wider opportunities with the extension of digital signing of wills
  • the recognition of digital assets in estate planning.

. Listen in to hear more.

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