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Senior associate Sara Sayer leads the team at Birketts LLP, which is noted for its ‘prompt and timely service’. Clients recommend legal director Erika Clarke for commercial and governance matters, and ecclesiastical law specialists James Hall and Stuart Jones, who are ‘very competent and understand the sector well’. Clients include The Stradivari Trust and Suffolk’s Libraries.

At Eversheds LLP, ‘accomplished lawyerGlynne Stanfield leads on charity matters, and principal associate Stephen O’Reilly is sought after for advice on governance issues, collaboration and mergers. The firm acts for Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Turning Point and the Alan Turing Institute.

Hewitsonsdemonstrates a high level of skill and knowledge’. Rural and property partner Denise Wilkinson, who is noted for her ‘clear and concise explanation’, advised the RSPB on a woodland management contract. Construction expert Colin Jones and estate planner Bernadette O’Reilly are also recommended.

Neil Burton leads on charity law and governance matters at Mills & Reeve LLP. He advised the Institution of Engineering and Technology on its governance framework, issues arising from its £20m refurbishment of Savoy Place, and IT procurement. Health expert Natalie Wade and property specialist Richard Noble are also recommended.

Stone King LLP’s Robert Meakin is known for his ‘client care and in-depth knowledge’. He advised The Stroke Association on its merger with Speakability, and conducted a governance review for the Spiritualists’ National Union. Caroline Banwell excels in employment matters.

Taylor Vintersprovides a good level of service with detailed and in-depth knowledge’. Team head Caroline Eade advised the British Pharmacological Society on the spinout of its Prescribing Skills Assessment exam for pharmacists. Employment and governance expert Christine Berry is also recommended.

Clients appreciate Ashtons Legal’s ‘creative approach to finding solutions’. Corporate partner Geoff Hazlewood and ‘highly responsive’ solicitor Scott Hilton advised Clare Castle Country Park Trust on the acquisition of a 32-acre site. Gee Wizz is also a client.

Cozens-Hardy LLP is a longstanding adviser to charities based in Norwich, and Michelle Collins counts Norfolk Wildlife Trust among her clients.

Clients of Greenwoods Solicitors LLP receive ‘excellent service from a professional firm’. John Macaulay and associate Keith Williams advised a leading UK charity on employment matters. The firm also calls on its corporate and regulatory experts to advise charities.

Catherine Scott’s team at Howes Percival LLP includes Richard Lovett, who is trustee for two grant funding charities and advises on charity formation, mergers and restructuring. He handled a multimillion-pound land pooling agreement for one client.

Hunt & Coombs LLP’s ‘helpful team’ is noted for its ‘teamwork and legal knowledge’. Paddy Appleton, who advised Peterborough 900 on fundraising, excels in tax planning. Diocesan registrar Anna Spriggs is also recommended.

Leathes Prior is praised for its ‘competence, speed and understanding of clients’ needs’. Trusts experts William Riley and Tessa Bonser, employment specialist Dan Chapman, and corporate partner Paul Warman ‘give sound advice’. Clients include Healthwatch Norwich.

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