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Deanna Hurst


T: 020 7842 1512 (DDI)
T: 020 7583 2222

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Deanna is a partner in our Private Client team with a wide range of expertise. She acts for individuals, families and charities and enjoys building lasting relationships with her clients.

About Deanna

Deanna started her legal career at Royds (now Royds Withy King following our merger) in 2007 where she progressed to partner in 2011. Deanna studied Law and Criminology at the University of Sheffield and was awarded a distinction for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) by the London College of Law. Whilst studying there she was awarded the Law Society’s National Prize for Outstanding Performance.

The Legal 500 UK recognised Deanna as “efficient, reliable and highly intelligent. She works hard, thinks ahead and forgets nothing.” The same source also commended Deanna for her “excellent client relationship skills”.

As part of Deanna’s role, she regularly attends meetings of the Charity Law Association and the Law Society Private Client Section. She is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Deanna enjoys walking and cycling in the countryside, cooking and entertaining for friends and family and travel.

Practice areas

Work examples

Estate planning

  • Advising families and business owners in relation to protection, tax efficient structuring and succession. Advising international families on non-domicile status and the ownership, protection and realisation of their UK assets
  • Establishing lifetime trusts and advising on their management
  • Drafting tax efficient Wills
  • Arranging a hybrid offer in lieu of IHT for a pre-eminent archive collection, upon the termination of a family trust of heirlooms
  • Advising elderly and vulnerable clients and those who support them in relation to the management of their finances and family affairs, including the operation of powers of attorney and trusts.

Estate administration

High value estates involving intestacy, foreign assets and foreign trusts, conditionally exempt property, agricultural property, continuing life interest trusts, business assets, private treaty sales and deeds of variation.

Court of Protection

Successful applications on behalf of attorneys including:

  • to make gifts in excess of £1.5m from a client’s wealth for tax planning purposes
  • to execute a deed of variation of a client’s sister’s estate to save £280,000 inheritance tax.


  • Advising a major religious charity on:
    – the renewal of its Royal Charters;
    – arranging a Charity Commission Scheme to consolidate over 200 sub-trusts into eight main trust funds with bespoke objects; and
    – a variety of trust and governance matters
  • Advising two different charitable trusts, both governed by 1950’s trust deeds, on converting to a CIO
  • Advising the trustees of a major retailer’s employee benevolent fund on the challenges arising from changes in the status of the employer leading to its eventual liquidation.


Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Charity Law Association

Private client work is for me the perfect combination of intellectual application and personal contact. I enjoy finding solutions for the great variety of issues which arise when advising individuals, families and charities on tax and trust law.

Deanna Hurst

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11 June 2019

The Charity Commission, at 1pm today, released its long awaited report on the findings of its investigation into Oxfam, and its resultant conclusions. The Commission’s role in overseeing the operation of charities is well-known; but what is particularly interesting in this case is the Commission’s examination of Oxfam’s culture and the way that that culture affected its operations, and allowed the scandal to arise.

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6 ways charities should protect themselves from disreputable donations

11 April 2019

Following the National Portrait Gallery’s public refusal to accept a significant donation from the Sackler family, the Tate and the Prince’s Trust also announced their intentions to refuse any future donations from the family. These are the latest in a series of charities making difficult decisions regarding so called ‘tainted’ donations. We look at the importance of the need for trustees to understand their responsibilities in relation to fundraising.

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Does your family understand your legacy?

5 November 2018

In a world where technology is rapidly changing, people’s legacies are becoming increasingly complicated and fragmented. Specialist Deanna Hurst discusses the importance of making sure your family know the value of your collections and assets, and how our unique Life Safe portal can help you do this.

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The safeguarding crisis in the charities sector

25 September 2018

Restless Development, a British youth charity, is the latest charity subject to accusations of sexual misconduct and systemic neglect. Volunteers claim that staff, and other volunteers, were involved in sexual relationships with pupils at placement schools and each other. They also report being forced to stay in unsafe accommodation and made to travel with taxi drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those who raised concerns say that these were dismissed by senior staff who put complaints down to “failing to adapt” to circumstances.

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Royds Withy King accepted as corporate partner of the Institute of Legacy Management

22 August 2018

Our firm has been accepted as a corporate partner of the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) – one of only 12 other firms of solicitors selected in the country.

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Son’s campaign to change Power of Attorney laws

27 June 2016

A man whose late mother was swindled out of a substantial sum of money this month sat down with the Attorney General to discuss the possibility of bolstering the protection afforded to those who have lost mental capacity. Barbara Lewis, …

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Concerns remain over Charity Commission’s new powers

11 February 2016

The Charities Bill completed its passage through the Houses of Parliament this month and is now set to receive Royal Assent. The legislation, which was conceived more than 18 months ago, will have various implications for third sector organisations.

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Charities confirm merger plan

11 November 2015

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Case Studies [4]

First Steps (Bath)

20 October 2016

Royds Withy King provided time for a solicitor (Jacqui Lazare) with experience of charity law to join the board of trustees of First Steps (Bath).

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Registration of new charity – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

27 June 2016

Our Private Client team has recently assisted in the registration of a charity specialising in the support of people suffering from a rare and little understood condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

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Setting up a charity

Our Private Client team recently assisted in the creation and dual registration of a charitable company.

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Team help charity negotiate with executors after gift in Will

Our client – WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation – is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. They used our Private Client team’s services for advice after they became the beneficiary of a significant gift under a Will.

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