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Browne Jacobson LLP has significantly strengthened its charity capability with the arrival of new practice head Catherine Rustomji from DWF. The team handles the full range of charity-related work, including governance issues and the establishment of family and corporate foundations. Rustomji led advice for Caring for Life on the legal structures of the group and the subsequent incorporation of the charity as a company by limited guarantee. William Colacicchi is also recommended. Rustomji’s arrival brought a large number of new clients, including the North East Theatre Trust, who have joined the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster and Skill Force Development on the client list.

Noted for its ‘personal and accountable’ approach and for its ‘attention to detail and efficiency’, Freeths LLP acts for a national client base and is able to assist with a vast array of matters, including governance, fundraising and commercial agreements, as well as offering expertise in dispute resolution, employment and real estate. The British Psychological Society, Carers Trust East Midlands and The Nottinghamshire Hospice are also clients. Robert Nieri recently joined Brabners LLP as partner in the North West.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited provides ‘excellent service at all levels’. Practice head James Coningsby is particularly noted for his property expertise, although the team handles employment, corporate and education matters, as well as contentious and non-contentious probate and trust mandates. Court of Protection specialist Richard Grosberg is also recommended. Clients include the McNally Browson Foundation which the team advised on its obligations under trust and charity law, and the Nottingham Industrial Museum, which instructed the group to assist with ongoing charity advice and administration services. The National Space Centre and the Congregational Federation are also clients.

Hewitsons' practice demonstrates ‘competence and professionalism at all levels’. Its clients span the charity, social enterprise and education sectors, for which it handles projects, joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings. Grant-making and sports charities also generate a significant portion of the caseload. Practice head Chris Knight ‘excels at his remit’ and was recently part of a team that assisted the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust with a multitude of issues, including lease agreements, charity law and intellectual property in the context of the client succeeding to the role of occupier and operator of a historic house and grounds in Northampton. Other clients include RSPB, Canal and River Trust and King’s College Cambridge.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises grant-making and government-funded charities on registration, administration and governance issues. The group’s wide-ranging experience includes complex corporate transactions, including collaborative and partnering agreements and the use of commercial and charitable subsidiaries, on top of governance reviews, policies and procedures and regulatory matters such as compliance with the Regulatory Framework. Andrew Wilkinson, whose core specialism lies in contentious trusts and probate, heads the team, which includes wills, trusts and probate expert Mark Dunkley. The client list features World Horse Welfare and Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.

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