Maggie Ellis studied law at college, and worked for firms in Braintree and Halstead, eventually assisting the head of matrimonial and family law at Birkett Long.
Maggie then became hooked on probate law and charity legacy administration at Sue Ryder Care. At Macmillan Cancer Support she worked on all levels of casework for four years, then gained experience as a paralegal in the Contentious Probate Department at Withers LLP.
Returning to the charity sector, Maggie worked for the NSPCC and the Brooke Hospital for Animals. She has now built up 18 years of experience.
Maggie was nominated as the Institute of Legacy Management Legacy Professional of the Year for 3 consecutive years, winning the title in 2013/14. She holds the ILM Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration (with Distinction).
Maggie recently brought a test case for a complaint on behalf of several Charities to the Legal Ombudsman which was successful and paved the way for all charities to use this as an alternative to litigation.
She always thinks outside the box when faced with problems to find ways of resolving issues effectively. This has resulted in her adding additional income to her charity over the past 5 years to the value of £567,000.
Maggie is held in high esteem with her fellow legacy officers,
I just wanted to write to thank you for all your hard work on this estate and in particular for the great result you have just achieved (single handed!) on the building regulation issue. Your proactivity in solving this, in double quick time, puts the solicitor to shame!Spencer Wisdom, Battersea Dogs and Cats home
She has two married children, five grandchildren and loves sailing, having had the opportunity to sail around the Mediterranean.