Jane Whitfield
Charity Senior Associate
Qualified: 2000

Jane joined ECS in September 2021, having previously been a partner of a law firm in Reading, where she was the Head of Trusts and Charities.

Jane qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and has spent all of her time since then in Private Client and charity law work, giving her breadth and depth of experience in assisting churches and charities, particularly in relation to the charity law and governance issues they may face in the life of their organisations.

Jane was one of the co-authors of the 3rd Edition of “Charities as Beneficiaries”, published by the Law Society’s Private Client Section and the Institute of Legacy Management. Jane was also a contributing author to the “Christian Charities Handbook” published by IVP in 2008.

From 2014–2017, Jane was the Chair of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee, having been a member of the Committee for the previous 9 years. She also headed up the charity law sub-committee to advise the main committee on matters relating to charity law. The role as committee chair involved Jane in appearing live on BBC Breakfast News and Channel 5 News and being interviewed by journalists from the Financial Times and Daily Telegraph, as well as legal journals and the Law Society’s Gazette. Jane has also regularly participated in programmes on Premier Radio, Share Radio and Radio 4.

In 2018, Jane achieved her Trusts & Estates Practitioner (TEP) status, having studied with STEP during that year. Jane has also been a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly since May 2017, and in May 2018 she became a Dementia Friends Champion.

Between 2019-2021 Jane was President of Berks, Bucks & Oxon Law Society, having been its Vice President between 2017-2019 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2015.

Jane is a trustee of The Law Society Charity, and is currently chair of the board of trustees of Smile International. Jane was also a member of the National Committee of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Britain between 2003-2020, and remains a co-opted member of their advisory committee.

In November 2019, Jane represented The Law Society Charity at the PILnet Global Forum in Singapore. In addition, her work with Smile International and Smile Charity Uganda has involved two trips with her husband, Gary Sieling, to Uganda to visit the charity’s projects there, as well as trips to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Outside the office, Jane is a trained musician and singer. She plays the cello with Langtree Sinfonia and sings with a number of choirs including “FineChants” and “Chorus Ad Vincula”. Jane and Gary also share a passion for steam trains and narrowboats.

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