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Brodies LLP provides ‘excellent’ advice on mergers and formations of charities and arms-length bodies. Clients include the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and The Co-operative Group, which Brenda Scott advised on distribution of revenues from the mandatory carrier bag charge to charities. Alan Eccles is also recommended.

Burness Paull advises on issues such as restructuring, joint ventures, commercial agreements and spinouts of public services. Stephen Phillips, who leads the practice, advised on the creation of the LAR Housing Trust. Other clients include the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Turcan Connell advises charities on regulatory matters, construction projects, transfers of assets and restructurings. Simon Mackintosh heads the practice, which includes Gavin McEwan, who advised the Royal British Legion Scotland on a governance reorganisation.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP’s work for charities includes advice on social investment issues, restructurings and leadership changes. Practice head Tom Murray is advising the Mount Stuart Trust on land reform issues.

Lindsays is ‘a full-service firm with a recognised commitment to the charity sector’. Practice head Alastair Keatinge is noted for his ‘sensitive understanding of what charities do’. Work includes advice on employment, regulatory and property litigation matters.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s ‘outstanding’ practice advises on governance issues, relations with the public sector, and restructurings. David Dunsire is ‘first class’ and Malcolm Rustdisplays very good leadership of his team’.

Anderson Strathern provides ‘clear and positive’ advice on governance matters, public service spinouts and trust restructuring. John Kerr is ‘very supportive; he delivers on his promises’. Clients include The Royal Zoological Society for Scotland.

BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent and very professional’ team advises on charity constitutional matters, funding agreements and employment issues. Practice head Patrice Fabien advises Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Family Support.

Balfour+Manson LLP is noted for its ‘good commercial sense’. Practice head and consultant John Hodge assists charities with IP and structural matters, and associate Alan Gilfillan is experienced in dealing with Scotland’s charities regulator, the OSCR. Clients include Samaritans.

MacRoberts LLP is a source of ‘pertinent advice’ on issues including OSCR regulation, fundraising legislation and governance issues. Val Surgenor heads the practice, which includes Duncan Osler, who advises on public-social partnerships. Clients include Enable Scotland.

Morton Fraser is a source of ‘pragmatic and efficient’ advice on a range of matters. Adrian Bell and senior associate Lauren Scott advise Social Investment Scotland, and the team handles matters relating to governance reviews and grant funding requirements.

T C Young’s ‘strong knowledge of the housing sector’ makes it a natural choice for housing associations and other charities, including Erskine, who call on the firm to advise on governance and legal structuring issues. Mark Ewing ‘knows Scottish community issues’.

CMS advises charities on issues including private bills, organisational structural changes and dissolutions. Key names include Ann Faulds, who advises major charities on legislative issues, and Graeme Bruce.

Harper Macleod LLP advises charities and housing associations on regulatory, corporate and data protection issues. Practice head James McMorrow is assisting Kiltwalk with a range of issues, including a corporate restructuring.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s charity-related work includes constitutional reviews and trust-related issues. Alexis Graham advised Scottish Cot Death Trust on its transformation into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

At Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, Colin Millar, who headed McClure Naismith’s charities team, advises charities and social enterprises on governance and trusts issues. Clients include FareShare Trust.

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