Madeleine Taggart - Paralegal - Private Client Solicitors

Madeleine Taggart – Paralegal

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Madeleine joined PCS as a Paralegal in January 2024 from a national law firm. She obtained a First-Class Law degree from Lancaster University and has aspirations of becoming a qualified solicitor specialising in Private Client law.

Madeleine is part of the PCS team that works closely with the Together Dementia Support Charity and attends monthly Will Clinics at the Kath Locke Centre in Manchester. Madeleine helps our solicitors provide free legal advice to members of the public affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s and is involved with the drafting and execution of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Madeleine thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work pro bono and help people affected by the disease manage their everyday lives and financial affairs as efficiently as possible.

Madeleine finds the area of Charitable Trusts stimulating both theoretically and in practice. Madeleine believes that the notable case of Oppenheim v Tabacco Securities [1951] AC 297 successfully captures the essence of Charity Law. For a charitable trust to be successful it must be directed toward the public benefit. The case has inevitably gone on to influence many decisions since the ruling was handing down in the 1950s and hence has been crucial in safeguarding the philanthropic aims of charitable trusts. Madeleine has enjoyed assisting the PCS team with some of their ongoing charity matters and has been given an insight into the benefits that a charitable trust can provide as a mechanism to an estate and succession planning whilst aligning with a client’s charitable motivations.

Prior to commencing her professional legal career, Madeleine was a student advisor at Lancaster University Law Clinic and volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau.