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ACHARITY and not-for-profit solicitor with Midlands law firm Higgs & Sons has been appointed as a trustee of the Solicitors Benevolent Association. Kirsty McEwen, a member of the private client team at the firm, underwent a vigorous selection process to become a trustee of the professional association.

Originally set up in 1858, the SBA's objective is to alleviate personal financial hardship among enrolled solicitors and their dependants.

Ms McEwen, who qualified in 2002, specialises in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations, and is the Higgs & Sons dedicated charity formation and administration expert.

As well as the Charity Commission, she has acted for many wellknown and long-established charities but also acts for smaller and newly formed charities, offering pragmatic and cost-effective support and advice.

Ms McEwen 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. "I am absolutely delighted to become a trustee of the SBA," she said.

"And I am confident that a decade of experience at Higgs will stand me in good stead to meet the challenges that lie ahead at a time when the demands on charities of all kinds are unprecedented."

SBA chief executive Tim Martin said: "Charity law is much more dynamic and evolving than many people think so it is really important for charities to keep abreast of their responsibilities to the public. The SBA board greatly welcomes Kirsty's arrival as a specialist trustee to assist them in such matters."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 26, 2014
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