In January this year Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) announced that it would be setting up a new alert system for charitable bequests. The previous system had been in place for decades and was run by Smee and Ford who provided a paid-for notification service to participating charities. HMCTS said its review of the relationship came as a result of “an assessment on our legal position” and was not a reflection of on the service provided by Smee and Ford.
In an open letter announcing the changes Susan Acland-Hood, chief executive at HMTCS said it would work with the sector to create a new arrangement and seek to ensure as little disruptions as possible. ACEVO, NCVO and the Institute of Fundraising were among the charities invited to participate in ongoing discussions.