Important update for Smee & Ford customers and partners

Published 01 February 2024

February 1st 2024

We would like to share some exciting news with all our customers and partners.


As of today, MiExact Limited; owners of Smee & Ford; is no longer a part of Wilmington plc.

We are delighted to announce that we have secured new shareholders who will back the existing management team as an independent business as we continue to develop our unique services for legacy professionals.

Myself alongside all of the team; some of whom have been involved since before Smee & Ford’s acquisition by Wilmington in 2005; remain committed to delivering our world-leading legacy notifications service, alongside our data dashboards and events, without interruption and to the same high standards of service you are used to.

Welcoming the announcement, ILM CEO Matthew Lagden said: “On behalf of both the ILM and our members, I can say we are all absolutely delighted that the future of the Smee & Ford legacy notifications service has been secured. The service plays an essential role in advising charities when legacies have been left to them and to know it is now in safe hands is very good news indeed. We look forward to working in partnership with the management team and supporting them in further growing the business for the benefit of our members and the wider charity sector. Smee and Ford are and will remain valued Corporate Partners and we welcome this news.”

Lucinda Frostick, Director of Remember A Charity, says: “Legacy income has never been more important to charities across the UK. We are extremely fortunate to have a notification service that not only enables charities to track incoming legacy donations, but helps to ensure funds reach their intended charitable beneficiaries. We are delighted to hear that this investment will ensure the future of such a vital service and we look forward to continuing to work with team at Smee & Ford.”

Thanks to all our valued clients who have supported Smee & Ford by sharing their feedback and ideas over the years. With new investment and backing, we look forward to continuing to work closely with customers and sector partners; the Institute of Legacy Management and Remember a Charity; to deliver high quality services and support Charities to understand and grow legacy incomes into the future.


Polly Avgherinos
Managing Director