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Bates Wells Braithwaite is singled out for its β€˜unique combination of the largest department of expert charity lawyers in the UK backed up by first-rate specialist departments such as employment and public policy’. At the helm are Philip Kirkpatrick, adviser to the trustees of Kids Company, and Julian Blake, who is one of β€˜the most effective charity lawyers in the country’. The β€˜fantastic’ team also includes Thea Longley, who is a β€˜delight to work with’; β€˜absolute star’ Rosamund McCarthy; Lawrence Simanowitz, who β€˜always offers a solution where we can’t see one’; and β€˜top-class’ senior associate Erica Crump, who is singled out for her specialist arts and culture knowledge.

Farrer & Co’s β€˜exceptionally good’ practice is β€˜as competent and strong as any Magic Circle firm’. It represents an impressive array of household-name charities, including Age UK, Save the Children, the Bill and Melanie Gates Foundation and the 1-UP Foundation. Anne-Marie Piper is β€˜sharp as a knife’ with β€˜brilliant knowledge of charitable law’; she leads a team that includes Julian Smith (β€˜an outstanding charity lawyer’) and the β€˜excellent’ Sam Macdonald.

Bircham Dyson Bell provides β€˜exceptional levels of service and industry expertise’ under the leadership of Penny Chapman. Clients highlight the client care, responsiveness, technical knowledge and approachable team, which is advising a number of NHS charities, including Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity, on their reorganisation from statutory trusts to charitable companies. Jonathan Brinsden is β€˜a fantastic lawyer’.

The large, multidisciplinary team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continues to expand with the hire of consultant Mark Harvey, former head of legal at Age UK, and associate Kate Parkinson from the Dogs Trust. They join Mike Scott and Lynn Povey, who co-head the practice and together, are leading advice to the National Museum of the Royal Navy on various projects, including the acquisition and exhibition of historic ships.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is β€˜a pre-eminent outfit dealing with large international charities and foundations’. The β€˜outstanding team’ provides β€˜seamless advice’ to a client base that is weighted more towards philanthropy and wealth-based organisations than major national charities. Jennifer Chambers (she β€˜simply knows everything’) leads the practice, which includes the β€˜hugely respected’ Ceris Gardner and Emma-Jane Weider, who provides a β€˜Rolls-Royce’ service.

Russell-Cooke LLP stands out for its focused charity team led by Andrew Studd and which includes James Sinclair Taylor, Jane Klauber, James McCallum and Mary Cheves. The firm is advising the British Heart Foundation on a comprehensive governance review. Other clients include Action for Children, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Child Poverty Action Group.

Stone King LLP is widely respected by clients and fellow practitioners for its commitment and nationwide expertise in the charities field. Firm chairman Ann Phillips and practice head Jonathan Burchfield are two of seven members of the firm appointed as interim managers by the Charity Commission.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards acts for an extensive roster of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including the British Library, Royal College of Music, Institute of Cancer Research and the London Symphony Orchestra. The service is β€˜excellent in every way’ and is provided by a dedicated team of specialists, led by widely respected Con Alexander.

Withers LLP provides β€˜world-class experts on charity law and exceptional client service’. The firm fields a team of β€˜very nice people to deal with’ including practice head and healthcare charity specialist Alison Paines, who β€˜brings the subject to life’; Chris Priestley, who is β€˜a lynchpin of the team’; and special counsel Alana Petraske, who is noted for her β€˜passionate expertise’. Clients include Cancer Research UK, Macmillan and the Royal British Legion.

Blake Morgan LLP acts for a large client base including RNLI, RSPCA and Oxfam, in addition to significant heritage trusts and diocesan authorities. The level of service is β€˜excellent’, with business acumen, know-how and quality of advice highlighted by clients. Elizabeth Davis heads the national cross-disciplinary team. Alison Talbot moved to Penningtons Manches LLP.

Fieldfisher’s practice is made up of a broad swathe of expertise from across the firm; key individuals include private client head Penny Wotton, senior partner Matthew Lohn, employee trusts expert Graeme Nuttall and Shireen Irani, director of corporate responsibility. The firm is advising the Mo Farah Foundation on its structure and scholarship programs.

Forsters LLP’s β€˜very professional and assured practice’ advises a variety of established charities, start-ups and individuals, including well-known sports personalities involved in philanthropic activities. Tax planning and estates partner Fiona Smith heads the charities group, which includes Rupert Mead, who is singled out for his β€˜good client-handling skills’.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides β€˜an exceptional’ level of service and advice that is β€˜always ahead of the curve’. The entertainment firm excels in advising charities and foundations in that sector, including Comic Relief, Donmar Warehouse and Invictus Games Foundation. David Scott heads the group, which includes β€˜standout star’ Colin Howes.

Hempsons fields β€˜a strong team across the board’, with clients singling out group head and β€˜absolute rock’ Ian Hempseed, who shines for his expertise in relation to social enterprise in the health and social care sectors. Clients include Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Childbirth Trust.

Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans has a longstanding track record in the charities sector and has built an impressive stable of clients including The Independent Press Regulation Trust, the British Sporting Arts Trust and the Architects Benevolent Society. Key figures include senior partner Paul Almy, whose β€˜experience is considerable’, and Dominik Opalinski, who is highlighted for his knowledge of the investment powers and reporting obligations of charities.

Wilsons acts for a plethora of not-for-profit organisations in a variety of sectors, including schools, armed forces and care homes. Gillian Fletcher is director of charity law and governance at the firm and steers a team of experienced partners.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has a renowned national charities and social economy practice, with strengths in ecclesiastic, education and philanthropy sectors, among others. Malcolm Lynch is widely recommended.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP acts for a sizeable national charities client base that includes MIND, Sense and Friends of the Elderly. Shivaji Shiva led advice to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity on a review of its Royal Charter and governance.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP advises traditional charities and corporate foundations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and Tesco. Neasa Coen is key charities adviser at the firm following the departure of head of not-for-profit solutions, Janet Turner QC, who has moved to an in-house role. Martin Paisner and head of private client Jonathan Kropman are also recommended.

Bristows LLP provides β€˜an excellent, prompt and knowledgeable service’ to an array of not-for-profit clients, most notably in the arts, science, technology, engineering and medical research sectors. Mark Hawes heads the practice and is β€˜exceptionally competent, with a good grasp of both strategy and detail’.

Macfarlanes LLP’s practice leverages its firmwide capabilities to provide a level of charities advice that is β€˜very high indeed’. Clients range from family grant-making foundations to large charities. Nicholas Harries is the key contact.

Ian Davis leads an experienced, cross-disciplinary team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP that includes employment specialist Emma Burrows, who is β€˜excellent at making sense of a brief’. The firm provides β€˜an outstanding service’ to clients including The Children’s Society, Lee Valley Leisure Trust and The Brandon Trust.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is β€˜clearly committed to the charitable sector’ and provides an β€˜exceptional level of service and industry knowledge’. Joanna Bussell is widely praised as β€˜personable, positive, commercial and full of common sense’.

Bond Dickinson LLP recruited charities specialist Joanne Coleman from IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), who joins the firm’s London office. The national firm’s clients include Mental Health Matters, British Association of Oral Surgeons and Addaction.

Boodle Hatfield LLP’s cross-disciplinary private client team advise charities and philanthropic individuals on a wide range of issues. Key individuals include Natasha Hassall and senior associate Eleanor Sepanski.

Druces LLP’s well-established practice counts several high-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations among its clients, including the Dogs Trust. Richard Monkcom and Matthew McCormick are highlighted for their expertise.

Edwin Coe LLP fields a team of four cross-departmental partners led by David Goepel, who is a β€˜calm and wise adviser’. Clients include the Anne Frank Trust (UK), Prostate Research Campaign UK and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The firm also has a growing philanthropy practice.

Eversheds LLP’s clients include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Born Free Foundation and the Medical Research Council. Of note is the firm’s expertise in the health, regeneration, social justice and education sectors. Principal associate Stephen O’Reilly is the key adviser.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s charity establishment and legacy management practice advises on all facets of charity law for the likes of the Old Vic Theatre Trust, Criterion Theatre and the FairBanking Foundation. Robert Craig and consultant Alan Banes are the main contacts.

Neil Burton heads a large national team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which advises not-for-profit organisations on a broad range of legal issues. The firm acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company, following a competitive pitch, on the redrafting of its Royal Charter and governance documentation.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur acts for a significant number of charities, particularly within the healthcare sector. Philip Maddock, Stephen Blair and Victoria Fairley are all recommended.

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