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Bates Wells Braithwaite is β€˜a 21st century law firm with a very knowledgeable and flexible team that provides pragmatic advice. The service it provides is second to none’. The charities team is β€˜very innovative and responsive to the needs of the social enterprise sector’, and is co-headed by Julian Blake and the β€˜practical and commercially minded’ Philip Kirkpatrick. The firm’s β€˜knowledge of the charities and not-for-profit sector is unparalleled, particularly in an international context’, and it fields a large team of β€˜excellent lawyers along with some superb junior solicitors’. Among them are the β€˜calm and unflappable’ Laura Soley, who is β€˜responsive and completely client focused’; Lawrence Simanowitz, who β€˜applies practical solutions to complex problems’; Stephanie Biden, who is β€˜great with clients and explains the most complex matters in simple terms’; the β€˜technically excellent’ Thea Longley, who works with a broad range of not-for-profit organisations; Rosamund McCarthy, who is particularly experienced in legal issues with public policy implications and has β€˜a deep understanding of the charities sector’; Abbie Rumbold, a leading charity and social enterprise lawyer; and head of social finance Luke Fletcher, who β€˜provides straightforward advice on the most complex matters’. Erica Crump was promoted to partner, and associate Pippa Garland is β€˜very clear, efficient and concise’. Recent work for the team includes advising the Samaritans and Royal Albert Hall on a variety of matters, and providing extensive governance advice to Amnesty International (UK section).

Anne-Marie Piper heads a β€˜very strong’ team at Farrer & Co, which includes the β€˜very knowledgeable’ James Carleton and associate Laetitia Ransley, who is β€˜very responsive and provides very comprehensive answers – there is no risk that anything will fall through the cracks’. Julian Smith acts for a wide range of foundations and functional charities, with particular expertise in governance, tax, investment, reorganisations and mergers. Sam Macdonald is recommended for his advice to charities and other not-for-profit institutions on all aspects of UK charity law and related tax law. The firm acts for an impressive range of household-name clients, including Save the Children and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is currently assisting leading wildlife and conservation organisation WWF-UK in relation to its compliance obligations, and continues to advise Leonard Cheshire Disability, a leading disability charity in the UK with a significant international presence. The team is well known for its transactional and structuring work for charities with complex group and trading structures. It has also recently assisted various charities in relation to major financing initiatives through private placements and secured lending arrangements, and is a popular choice with high-net-worth individuals looking to establish and manage charitable foundations or to make significant gifts to charities.

Bircham Dyson Bell is β€˜prompt and efficient and its knowledge of the charity sector is evident in the calibre of advice it provides. This highlights the team’s detailed knowledge of this sector and its pragmatic approach to solving problems’. Team head Penny Chapman is β€˜very thorough’, and Simon Weil is β€˜very impressive’. Jonathan Brinsden is also recommended as someone who β€˜fully understands the most complex matters yet can explain them with great simplicity and clarity’. Brinsden has been appointed as an Interim Manager to the Manor Building Preservation Trust Limited following the Charity Commission’s statutory inquiry, which was prompted by serious regulatory concerns regarding the possible misuse of funds and assets. Associate Alice Malvezzi Campeggi is also β€˜professional, quick and personable’. The practice advises over 450 charities on governance, public benefit and company and commercial matters, including complex cross-border instructions, and also handles parliamentary guidance, child protection and employment law issues. It represents a significant roster of well-known clients such as St John’s Ambulance, Relate, The Mothers’ Union, Maudsley Charity, and the Blue Cross. β€˜The team feels better in terms of its nimbleness, flexibility and the personal relationships it builds with clients in comparison to some other firms.’

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a large multi-disciplinary team including the highly regarded Mike Scott and head of the property charity team Lynn Povey. The philanthropy group acts predominantly for founders and funders of charitable and philanthropic ventures, and is headed by John Ward and Andrew Cameron. β€˜Commercially astute and a good tactician’, Roberta Harvey has considerable experience in trust disputes and β€˜really knows her stuff’. The team has been busy advising Eton College on governance issues, real estate matters relating to the college’s property portfolio, and tax structuring and trading company matters; and it continues to act for the Merchant Taylors’ Company and related charities and subsidiary companies on a vast array of real estate, tax and governance matters. Other major clients are Cancer Research, Save the Children and Lord Wandsworth College.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has β€˜a stellar reputation with a magnificent array of charity clients. They handle the most complex and demanding matters with elegance and aplomb’. Team head Jennifer Chambers has β€˜an amazing intellect that can handle the most tangled legal problem and then produce a solution in language that the charity can understand’. Emma-Jane Weider is β€˜a remarkably safe pair of hands who enables her clients to sleep deeply at night’, and Ed Powles β€˜always steers clients in the right direction’. Ceris Gardner β€˜sees the bigger picture and provides exceptional levels of client care and service’; the β€˜empathetic’ Arabella Murphy also has β€˜a strong reputation’; and the β€˜approachable’ Clare Maurice is β€˜very impressive’. The practice is noted for its bespoke advice on governance issues, trustee protection and remuneration and on the powers, duties and liabilities of trustees, and is experienced in tax issues and international matters. It also advises on the benefits of dual-registered charities and on the provision of grants, in particular overseas grants. Active clients include the Leverhulme Trust, DS Smith Charitable Foundation, Legal Education Foundation, and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

Russell-Cooke LLP β€˜makes a great effort to understand not just the legal framework under which charities operate but also their ethos and aspirations for the future’. Andrew Studd leads the team, and has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a genuine interest in it. He totally supports clients when they have to make key investment decisions and when they are reviewing their governance procedures’. James McCallum is β€˜excellent’; and, on the employment side, Jane Klauber is β€˜very approachable, responsive and supportive’. Other members of the team are the β€˜highly professional’ James Sinclair-Taylor, who provides β€˜clear advice’; and Chris Rowse, who β€˜really wants to get to know and understand his clients and what they need’. In a high-profile matter, the team advised 4Children, an important national charity supporting children, young adults and their families, after the loss of a key contract; the charity faced medium-term insolvency and the group advised the charity, its trustees and administrators in the run-up to its administration and the transfer of its services to other providers. In another major matter, the firm advised Anthony Nolan (the UK blood cancer charity) and Leuka (the leading leukaemia research charity) on their innovative collaboration with NHS Blood & Transplant and the University of Birmingham to provide a national platform for the development, approval and delivery of clinical trials in the field of stem cell transplantation.

The experienced and β€˜extremely reliable’ team at Stone King LLP β€˜always tries to find solutions rather than just look for issues, which is very helpful’. Recommended individuals include Ann Phillips and Bath-based Tim Rutherford, along with β€˜strong all-rounder’ Jonathan Burchfield, who is the β€˜ultimate "sage" of charity law and regulation’, and Tom Murdoch, who is praised for his β€˜integrity and attention to detail as well as his remarkable energy and complete focus on achieving great results for his clients. He remains calm and persuasive when dealing with regulators and counterparties during the most complex negotiations’. With an integrated national practice, the firm acts for over 200 of the country’s largest charities, and is praised as developing β€˜excellent collaborative relationships with clients’. Among its recent work, it advised on the creation of a new charitable vehicle to take over responsibility for the running of the Royal Parks (including Hyde Park, Richmond Park and Regent’s Park) from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It also assisted long-term client the Heritage Lottery Fund in securing a tri-partite agreement enabling the Bowes Museum to acquire the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, which is attributed to the workshop of an influential painter from the golden period of Flemish art. The firm also regularly acts as a Charity Commission-appointed interim manager of charities, which is testament to its β€˜all-round excellent in-depth knowledge of the charity sector’.

Con Alexander leads β€˜a professional, organised and committed team’ at VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards), which has resources across London, Bristol and Birmingham and advises its charity clients on all aspects of their operations. It acts for around 1,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations, with recent work including acting on the establishment of a new charity to support the activities of registered charity Philharmonia Ltd in Bedford; and advising Roedean School both on governance matters and on the adoption of a total return approach to investment and various requirements under The Charities (Total Return) Regulations. Other clients are 2nd Chance Group CIC, Birmingham Association for Mental Health, City & Guilds of London Institute, and Dean & Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral. β€˜Responsive and reliable’ associate Elizabeth Knight is β€˜very supportive and understanding’.

Withers LLP has a 17-partner team led by Alison Paines, who is the standing legal adviser to the Association of NHS Charities. Other key figures are Chris Priestley, who has a wealth of experience advising charities and social enterprises on domestic and international projects and also assists businesses and individuals working with charities on their CSR and philanthropic initiatives; the β€˜very talented’ Paul Hewitt, who is β€˜a master tactician committed to his clients’ and leads the firm’s work for charities on legacy income and trustee disputes; and special counsel Alana Petrakse, who β€˜has a brain the size of a planet’. The team includes a number of US attorneys working in London and the US. The firm is advising the Royal British Legion on a charity trust law project in relation to various properties that are held in trusts for its branches and beneficiaries. It also advised SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity on the terms of a year-long partnership agreement with England Rugby, covering IP licences, data protection and other matters. Other clients include Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, the NSPCC, and the Salvation Army.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is β€˜very active in the market’. The team is headed by senior associate Shivaji Shiva, who β€˜brings huge experience, knowledge and understanding to each matter. She is also very responsive’. Senior associate Phil Watts is β€˜well respected and highly regarded’, and associate Edwina Turner β€˜is able to give practical advice to clients and communicates this advice well to clients’. The team, which acts for charities of all sizes nationwide, represents a growing number of the leading national providers of health and social care, and is increasingly attracting complex instructions from larger charities. Highlights included working successfully with the trustees and the chief executive of Cyclists’ Touring Club (trading as Cycling UK) in a comprehensive governance review and rebranding exercise, with the resulting governance report winning the support of an overwhelming majority of members. The firm also acted for MIND in relation to the expansion of its premises and the carrying out of alternations to its flagship head office in Stratford, London. The team overall has β€˜very high standards and a big commitment to working in its clients’ best interests’.

Blake Morgan LLP provides a full range of legal services to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises, operating as a single team from offices in Southampton, Oxford, Portsmouth, London, Reading and Cardiff. The team acts for an impressive array of charities, including the RNLI, Catch 22 Charity Limited and Rowans Hospice. It has been advising Oxfam on its property portfolio, assisting on various lease renewals, acquisitions and disposals in addition to advising on dilapidations; and has also been advising the British Red Cross on all of its outsourced property work for England and Wales. The team also acts for international charities and for charities working in dysfunctional and dangerous political regimes and disaster zones. Chris Williams is a key contact.

The β€˜excellent’ Graeme Nuttall heads Fieldfisher’s charity team, which is β€˜first class in every way’. Nuttall is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser, and is praised for his β€˜quick understanding of complex constitutional matters’. Also recommended are the β€˜very responsive and incredibly helpful’ Penny Wotton, who heads the private client offering; Neil Palmer, who is β€˜excellent at advising on complicated issues’, on the corporate side; and the β€˜superb’ Jayne Elkins, who recently led advice to the Royal Academy of Dance in relation to a development of new bespoke premises on the ground floor of a large residential development in Battersea, involving complex legal, tax and commercial considerations as well as planning issues. Director of CSR Shireen Irani is also recommended. The team is β€˜very good at promoting and protecting its clients’ interests’.

Forsters LLP advises many high-net-worth clients on their philanthropic activities, and is also experienced in advising charitable bodies and not-for-profit organisations with significant real estate assets. Fiona Smith heads the three-partner practice. Carole Cook specialises in advising UK and overseas individuals in relation to tax, trusts and estates, succession planning, and philanthropic matters. Rupert Mead is also recommended. Clients include charities involved in education, social care and the arts, ranging from start-up charities to those that have been in existence for centuries, and the team is also well regarded for its work on the establishment of alternative structures, such as community interest companies, in circumstances where full charitable status may not be the best option. In addition to its general advisory work, the group has specialist expertise in establishing dual UK/US charities which qualify for favourable tax treatment in both jurisdictions.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP continues to advise corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities and subsidised arts organisations, with practice heads David Scott and Colin Howes both recommended. Howes is a longstanding board member of Comic Relief, and the team continues to advise the organisation in a number of areas including charity law, reputation management, employment, fundraising, data protection and IP infringement. Howes is also a board adviser to Virgin Unite (the Virgin Foundation), attending its trustee meetings to advise on legal and governance issues. Recent work for Scott includes advising Free the Children UK in relation to ongoing governance and compliance matters as well as on matters of brand management, immigration and employment. The firm is also instructed by a high-profile charity in relation to an ongoing Charity Commission investigation.

Hempsons provides β€˜an excellent service’ and has β€˜an established charities practice. The firm is well known for its health work in particular, and has a depth of understanding of this sector which is useful for health charities’. The team is also noted for its β€˜quick response times’, and β€˜there is always a partner on hand to deal with any problems’. β€˜Very knowledgeable’ team head Ian Hempseed β€˜has that rare combination of being very knowledgeable while also being very pragmatic’, and Simon Lee and Chris Hook are β€˜associates to watch’. Recent highlights include advising the Avenues Trust (a group of charities which is pioneering specialist social care, with an annual turnover of over Β£28m) on its acquisition of Welmede Housing Association; and advising Autism Plus Limited on its merger with Turning Point, with Autism Plus able to remain a separate entity by becoming a subsidiary of Turning Point. Other active clients include the National Childbirth Trust, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the British Heart Foundation.

The experienced Paul Almy heads a β€˜strong’ team at Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans, which assists clients β€˜in a friendly and professional way’. It acts for a broad range of charities, clubs, societies, institutions and not-for-profit organisations, and has substantial experience in complex matters with a cross-border or international dimension, with particular knowledge of Africa. Dominik Opalinski and Jamie Lester are β€˜very thorough, have creative legal minds and provide an excellent service to clients’. Recent highlights include receiving instructions from the senior representatives of a spiritual leader in the US who operates a network of charitable organisations providing food, housing, education and medical services to the poor; the team is assisting the UK branch of this charity as part of its major expansion into the UK, on matters including the acquisition of land and premises in London. Other clients include Genetic Alliance UK, The Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Treatment Trusts, and the Zubaidah Trust.

Key individuals at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP include the well-regarded Malcolm Lynch and Sylvie Nunn, who is β€˜a great all-round charity adviser, and immensely experienced and knowledgeable’. Lynch assists a broad range of local, national and international charities in their dealings with the Charity Commission and in areas such as charity trading, fundraising and legal structures. Nunn advises on a wide range of charitable matters from the charity law aspects of land transactions (including dealing with endowment land) to borrowing and lending matters, and charity law considerations for religious organisations. The firm has a dedicated team of lawyers working exclusively for charity and social enterprise clients, and advises voluntary, community and faith organisations in addition to schools and further and higher education establishments. Its expertise also covers the establishment, governance and restructuring of military charities, and advice to heritage, conservation and cultural charities. The group had a busy year with a series of national appointments and the development of its work with various NHS charities and student unions. Highlights included acting for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in relation to various loan facilities made available to social finance organisations and intermediaries; and the firm continues to act for the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, advising on property, governance, restructuring, regulatory and employment law matters.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team provides β€˜timely, efficient and quality advice’. Martin Paisner, Neasa Coen and Jonathan Kropman are all β€˜first rate and highly professional, and have a very good understanding of how the Charity Commission and the HMRC work while also being able to communicate and be empathetic with the trustees’. The firm is experienced in complex and large-scale matters, acting for a blend of more traditional clients, such as high-net-worth trusts and foundations, through to an increasing number of corporate charitable foundations. It has advised on various insolvency matters for charities recently, and has also acted for several charities in the Orthodox Jewish sector (both charities operating schools and charities making grants).

Notable for its national presence, Bond Dickinson LLP’s team has β€˜clear expertise in this sector, and is very responsive and reliable’. The β€˜extremely personable’ Jo Coleman garners extensive praise; she β€˜explains fairly complex legal issues in an easy-to-understand and practical way, and is very good at finding solutions to seemingly difficult problems and situations’. Managing associate Eva Abeles is also β€˜excellent’. Highlights included assisting Bowes Museum in the acquisition of the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts, including advising the museum on its relationship with the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund and its partnership with the York Art Gallery and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in relation to displaying the painting. The firm also acted for Crisis UK (the national charity for homelessness) on its merger with The Lift People.

At Bristows LLP, the β€˜interaction between all members of the charity division and the firm as a whole is superb. The group consistently provides prompt, professional and meticulous advice, and importantly it is always willing to listen’. Mark Hawes is noted for his β€˜grace and diplomacy in keeping everyone informed, aligned and chipper’, and fellow practice head Miranda Cass is β€˜somehow able to make light work of tax and VAT issues, deftly explaining the position to clients and then providing practical options that add value’. On the employment side, the β€˜unwaveringly brilliant’ Justin Costley produces β€˜practical solutions and suggestions no matter how complex the matter’. Highlights included advising on the establishment of Secondary1st, a new high-profile charity focused on secondary breast cancer.

Druces LLP’s lawyers are β€˜friendly, interested in getting to know their clients and willing to spend time in answering questions. They make a complex world far easier to navigate’. Head of the charities group Richard Monkcom is β€˜very experienced and thorough, and has a very caring attitude towards his clients’. Helen Freely is also β€˜excellent’, and associate Matthew McCormick is β€˜keen and energetic’. Senior associate Caroline Cropley is β€˜very clear in her advice’, and is recommended for corporate matters. The firm acts for a variety of private charities, independent schools, medical charities, religious orders and city livery companies. Key clients include the Dogs Trust and the Directors Charitable Foundation, a charity which supports emerging directors and also assists professional directors in financial distress.

Nicholas Harries heads a β€˜helpful, innovative and unfailingly responsive’ team at Macfarlanes LLP which β€˜achieves the desired outcomes for its clients in almost unprecedented short periods of time’. Associate Clarissa Lyons and solicitor Emma Handbury are both β€˜incredibly accommodating, knowledgeable, patient and customer focused. Both also provide succinct advice’. The team advises on the full range of issues, with particular experience in cross-border work. It has been working with Longshot Kids Limited (the owner of Kidzania London), which is an education and entertainment space for children in London; and has been assisting the trustees of the DFN Charitable Foundation on various matters relating to the running of the charity, the making of grants and in particular conflicts of interest. Other significant clients include Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP fields a β€˜wholly reliable’ team whose β€˜knowledge is second to none. It provides an absolutely excellent quality of service’ under the leadership of the β€˜technically excellent’ Ian Davis. The β€˜sensible, professional and responsive’ Emma Burrows is recommended for employment matters, and Sharron Webster is β€˜excellent’. The team is very active for housing associations, and advises on a wide range of matters in the areas of disability, mental health, healthcare, leisure and social enterprises. Keith Mills and Helen Briant, who are both based in Birmingham, have been appointed by the Charity Commission as interim managers of Rhema Church London (an evangelical church); they have been appointed to address concerns over the charity’s alleged non-compliance with its charitable and governance obligations and unauthorised use of charity funds by employees. The group is also acting for the Swimming Teachers’ Association Limited in a substantial claim against its former CEO over alleged misappropriation of charity assets.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has the β€˜highly efficient’ Joanna Bussell, who is β€˜a formidable and tough negotiator and a great communicator, and shows great attention to detail’. She has considerable experience in areas ranging from restructuring and governance to trustee training, with a particular focus on leisure, arts and cultural charities. The firm advised Upper Norwood Library Trust on the launch of a new charitable trust to manage and operate Upper Norwood Library; having created it as a new registered charity, the team then supported the trustees in their negotiations with the London Borough of Lambeth to take full responsibility for the management and operation of the library and the creation of a new community hub. In another highlight, the team advised the Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust on the creation of a new charitable trust to manage and operate the new garden at the Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery.

At Boodle Hatfield LLP, Simon Rylatt is β€˜brilliant’, and Fiona Graham and senior associate Eleanor Sepanski are both β€˜very knowledgeable’. The team has been undertaking a wide range of work for leading charities such as the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. It is also recommended for its philanthropy practice, regularly advising corporates, family business and individuals on major projects. Recent work includes advising Empathy Museum on the charity’s registration.

The β€˜very clever but approachable’ David Goepel heads the charities team at Edwin Coe LLP; β€˜very experienced, technically excellent and thorough’, he is able to β€˜explain complex matters clearly’ and has β€˜a good understanding of the key issues’. He acts for a wide range of charitable and not-for-profit clients, and advises UK charities, high-net-worth individuals and families looking to focus on their philanthropic activities in addition to overseas clients seeking to establish a UK base. The practice covers cross-border tax and trust matters, the establishment of new charitable structures, and ongoing advice to those charities. Highlights included advising the Theatre Royal Haymarket on its conversion from a charitable trust to a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides β€˜helpful advice in a very timely fashion’, with principal associate Stephen O’Reilly noted as β€˜very knowledgeable about the charity sector’. The group has experience across the education, health, regeneration, mental health and social justice sectors, and has considerable expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers. Recent highlights include advising the National Land Based College on its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission; and advising on the establishment of Paris Dauphine International (an English charitable company limited by guarantee) and its registration as a charity. Glynne Stanfield is also recommended.

Cambridge-based Neil Burton leads a large national team at Mills & Reeve LLP praised for its β€˜exceptional service and quick response times: deadlines are met’. The β€˜professional and friendly’ Mark Ashton (a senior associate also based in Cambridge) has β€˜a good understanding of the charity sector and communicates with clients in an easily understandable language’. Highlights included advising on the tax structuring of a legacy of UK real estate by a US domicile for the benefit of a Professor of Economics; and advising Livability (a Christian disability charity with an income of Β£44m) on its merger with Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities.

Penningtons Manches LLP β€˜has geared up its charities/not-for-profit offering to a level equal to that of the rest of the firm. It has got off to a flying start with a remarkably strong client set that has been attracted by a stellar team’. Head of department Alison Talbot has β€˜exactly the right combination of steely strength, a very deep understanding of not just charity law but the way charities work, and complete sensitivity to her clients’ objects’. β€˜Hugely popular’ senior associate Philip Collins is β€˜a seasoned litigator who has a wealth of experience and very sound judgement’. The firm advises on a wide range of governance, regulatory and legacy matters. Key clients include the RSPCA and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

Pothecary Witham Weld Solicitors is β€˜a discreet class act that provides advice to a very high standard very quickly’; it has β€˜a reliable team with specialist knowledge of charitable trusts and employs sympathetic staff who are temperamentally suited to this type of work’. Gerald Kidd is β€˜regarded by those who know him as a hidden gem in the charities sector, and an exceptional lawyer’; Peter Spencer is β€˜excellent’; Nadeem Azhar is β€˜attentive and efficient’; and Alexa Beale has β€˜an excellent track record’ advising religious charities on complex property matters. The firm acts for over 300 charities and is renowned for its work with religious institutions, in particular Catholic charities and the Methodist Church. The group has also been advising various schools, care homes, finance boards, pension schemes and the trading arms of these bodies on a diverse range of matters. Major clients include the Sheldon Trusts, Orphanz Care and the Simpson Foundation.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s practice is headed by the β€˜able and intelligent’ Victoria Fairley and Philip Maddock. Fairley is experienced in areas such as charity formation and management, and Maddock acts for a significant number of charities in the healthcare sector. The group represents a large number of UK charities including local community groups, heritage trusts and nationally recognised names. It is advising Royal London Society on its merger with a larger charity, while other key clients include Church Commissioners for England, Barnardo’s and Parkinson’s UK.

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