Index of tables
Charities and not-for-profit
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Blake Lapthorn
- Boodle Hatfield LLP
- Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
- Forsters LLP
- Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP Birmingham
DAC Beachcroft LLP
- Druces LLP
- Edwin Coe LLP
- Harbottle & Lewis LLP
- Julian Blake - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Jonathan Burchfield - Stone King LLP
- James Carleton - Farrer & Co
- Penny Chapman - Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
- Owen Clutton - Macfarlanes LLP
- Lindsay Driscoll - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Ian Hempseed - Hempsons
- Michael King - Stone King LLP
- Philip Kirkpatrick - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Stephen Lloyd - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Thea Longley - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Sam Macdonald - Farrer & Co
- Rosamund McCarthy - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Alison Paines - Withers LLP
- Ann Phillips - Stone King LLP
- Lord Phillips of Sudbury - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Anne-Marie Piper - Farrer & Co
- Chris Priestley - Withers LLP
- Moira Protani - Wilsons
- Abbie Rumbold - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- Mike Scott - Charles Russell LLP
- Lawrence Simanowitz - Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
- James Sinclair Taylor - Russell-Cooke LLP
- Julian Smith - Farrer & Co
- Andrew Studd - Russell-Cooke LLP
- Simon Weil - Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
‘Class act’ Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP is ‘second to none’ in terms of ‘experience, wisdom and knowledge’. In 2011, the firm acted on the establishment of Big Society Capital; the conversion of British Waterways; and significant high-value work for Goldman Sachs. Stephen Lloyd is a ‘great leader who works with policy makers to bring change’; Rosamund McCarthy has ‘a passion for justice’; and Philip Kirkpatrick is ‘a natural choice’. The firm acts for over 2,000 charities clients, among them Barnardo’s, Christian Aid, the RSPCA, and Samaritans.
The ‘outstanding’ Farrer & Co pools the talents of ‘leader in her field’ Anne-Marie Piper; James Carleton, who is ‘precise and sympathetic’; and James Maloney, who is ‘easy to work with’. In 2011, the firm won a range of new clients, including Allchurches Trust, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Sam Macdonald successfully represented the Independent Schools Council in its judicial review of the Charity Commission’s public benefit guidance.
Penny Chapman heads the team at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, which is valued for its ‘detailed knowledge’. Benjamin James displays ‘commitment to his clients’, and senior associate Nicola Evans – who is also noted for her involvement in the Charity Law Association – ‘knows masses’. Jonathan Brinsden, Jesper Christensen, and senior associate Jonathan Fewster are also highly recommended. New client wins for the team included Big Society Partnership, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, and Geneva Global.
With its ‘wide-ranging’ practice, Stone King LLP has ‘a deserved reputation as a market leader’. 2011 highlights included acting on the successful charitable registration of Wiki UK; advising The Trustees of St Benedict’s Abbey on the hive-off of St Benedict’s school; and advising The Royal Society on governance matters. Department head Michael King has ‘impressive expertise’; Jonathan Burchfield ‘creates a relaxed atmosphere’; Tom Murdoch is ‘good at handling non-expert board members’; and Stephen Ravenscroft is ‘outstanding’.
The ‘excellent and fast’ team at Withers LLP is known for ‘impeccable client care’. Led by Alison Paines, it is particularly well known for its work in the education, healthcare, and arts sectors. Paines is ‘outstanding in the quality of her advice, and in her influence with regulatory bodies’. Chris Priestley, Emma Flower, and Meriel Schindler all give ‘practical advice’. In 2011, the firm was reappointed as adviser to The British Red Cross Society and Cancer Research UK.
The ‘incomparably skilled’ team at Charles Russell LLP has ‘strength in depth beyond partner and associate level, with invaluable client care provided by assistants and trainees’. The firm has expertise in the military, education, and health sectors, and is also notable for its experience in dealing with charities set up as Royal Charter companies. The ‘precise’ Lynn Povey ‘will work all hours to conclude a deal’; Mike Scott’s knowledge is ‘unrivalled’; and assistant Sarah Rowley is ‘impressive’. Longstanding clients include Marie Curie, Alzheimer’s Society, and Eton College.
Noted for its ‘high-quality service’ and ‘clear advice’, Hempsons saw some significant client wins in 2011, including SCA Group and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Other longstanding clients of the firm are Arthritis Research UK, Royal British Legion, and the Zoological Society of London. The firm also acts for a large number of community interest companies and NHS charities. Ian Hempseed is the key contact.
With ‘virtually instant turnaround times’ and a ‘pragmatic approach’, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP combines the abilities of transactional specialist Jennifer Chambers and charity taxation expert Emma-Jane Weider. Clients include multinational children and education charities, and a former Wimbledon champion.
Russell-Cooke LLP is ‘excellent value for money’, and delivers ‘superb client care’. James Sinclair Taylor’s team has recently advised on a number of large mergers and funding contracts; and a team led by Andrew Studd and John Gould advised the Association of Charitable Organisations in respect of the Attorney General’s reference to determine the law in relation to public benefit.
At the ‘high-calibre’ Speechly Bircham LLP, Trevor Bettany is ‘pragmatic and understanding’, and Penny Cogher ‘explains complex matters in layman’s terms’. The team is well known for its work with music, education, and health charities. In 2011, the firm advised charity trustees on EU Solvency II Directive matters, and also oversaw a complex merger programme for a disability charity.
The seven-fee-earner team at Wilsons includes Moira Protani, who has ‘unsurpassed knowledge’; the ‘incisive’ Fiona Campbell-White; Charlotte Watts, who ‘gives clear advice’; and Peter Steer, who is highly regarded on the legacies side. In 2011, the firm acted on several mergers between charities connected to the armed forces. Clients include the RSPCA, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the British Red Cross.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP was bolstered in 2012 by the arrival of new department head Janet Turner QC from Taylor Vinters. The firm acts in respect of significant grants in relation to social investment, and is also well known for advice on cross-border philanthropy, sometimes with a shari’ah element. It is currently advising on charitable structures relating to the Olympic Park. Other clients include The Burberry Foundation, Tesco, and Hilton in the Community Foundation.
The ‘highly competent’ team at Boodle Hatfield LLP is led by the well-respected Eleanor Sepanski. In addition to its core expertise providing advice to grant makers, the firm also advises the philanthropy sector. Its client wins in 2011 included a social justice organisation and a hospital.
The ‘exceptional’ Graeme Nuttall heads a cross-departmental team at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, which represents diverse not-for-profit clients such as the Big Lottery Fund, the British Museum, and the Charles Plater Trust.
Forsters LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is led by Charles Pike, who is providing advice on all aspects of the Chance to Shine appeal, from constitutional to fundraising matters. The firm is also advising the Institute of Food Research on a range of issues. Craigie Pearson is also highly regarded.
At Hunters, Paul Almy has ‘considerable knowledge’, and Ivan Ho is ‘meticulous’. The firm’s charities capability grew with its 2011 merger with Vernon-Miles & Noble, particularly in the Catholic charities sector, bringing new clients such as Little Sisters of the Poor. Emergency and rescue services charities expert Dominik Opalinski joined in April 2012. Stephen Morrall is recommended on the corporate side.
Helen Darling’s team at Macfarlanes LLP gives ‘detailed, clear advice’. The firm is strong in charity mergers and joint ventures such as Together for Short Lives and CharityShare, and in the implementation of government initiatives such as The Education Endowment Foundation and Legacy10. Clients particularly value the firm’s pro bono services. Rupert Casey is ‘intelligent and humble’.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP is well respected for its ‘very strong’ advice, with Ian Davis’ governance advice especially valued. The firm has a strong presence in the care, housing, and leisure sectors. In 2011, it advised the Brandon Trust in relation to its merger with Odyssey Care Solutions for Today.
In 2011, Veale Wasbrough Vizards hired educational charities expert Bettina Rigg from Bond Pearce LLP, and public sector and commercial expert David Hansom from Eversheds LLP. Clients include Greenwich Hospital, Museum of London Archaeology, and The Waterloo Foundation.
The ‘smart and creative’ team at Winckworth Sherwood is particularly well known for specialist ecclesiastical charity work, and acts for seven major Church of England dioceses, often in matters of significant value. Joanna Bussell is ‘exemplary’; Aiden Hargreaves-Smith has ‘remarkable knowledge of Church law’; John Rees ‘goes that extra mile’; and assistant Jon Baldwin is ‘very competent’.
Bristows is noted for its expertise in Royal Charter issues, and IP and data protection, and has ‘an excellent understanding of the sector’. The firm’s diverse client list includes Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust and Amnesty International. Nicola Litt, Mark Hawes and Linda Farrell all give ‘reliable advice’.
Devonshires acts for a range of care, religious, and endowed charities. In one recent highlight, Andrew Crawford was instructed by both parties in respect of documentation relating to the spin-off of the Science Media Centre out of the Royal Institution. Other clients include Methodist Homes, YMCA, and Salvation Army.
The team at Druces LLP is ‘diligent and well informed’. Richard Monkcom has ‘extensive knowledge of charity law’, and is a popular choice for European work. The firm also has burgeoning strength in the distressed charities sector, with Richard Baines the key contact.
David Goepel heads the team at Edwin Coe LLP, which has strength in philanthropy advice and general charities work, particularly in respect of the formation and constitution of new charities. Clients include Hoopers Africa Trust, World Wide Fund for Nature, and the Museum of Everything.
The highly respected David Scott heads the team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, which acts for an array of media clients including Comic Relief and Virgin Unite. The team also advised Royal Household charities in relation to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Lawrence Graham LLP counts Motability, the RNIB and Wellington College among its clients.
Lee Bolton Monier-Williams is known for its ecclesiastical and educational expertise.
Mills & Reeve LLP gained new clients British Council and Cambridge Arts Theatre in 2011.
Payne Hicks Beach handles the gamut of charities work cross-departmentally.
Pothecary Witham Weld is noted for its work with religious charities.
Philip Maddock heads the team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, which has strength in the healthcare and housing sectors. The firm has acted for The Children’s Society for over 60 years.