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Stone King LLP’s Tim Rutherford splits his time between Bath and London and advises religious orders and faith organisations. The practice assisted The Cutty Sark Trust with its transfer to The National Maritime Museum’s trustees. Consultant Michael King is recommended alongside senior associate Alexandra Whittaker, who ‘knows her clients and their organisations’.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards has a strong track record of work for independent schools and has experienced an increase in instructions from other public sector bodies. Con Alexander became interim manager for Enfield Island Village Trust and Legal Action Group. Emma-Jane Dalley handles strategic projects.

At Wilsons, Peter Jeffreys handles charitable legacy administration and Court of Protection cases. The practice also acts for charities on matters relating to European Law, employment, and litigation.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice, led by Julia Cox and senior partner Christopher Page (who splits his time between London and Cheltenham), acts for Marie Curie and the Summerfield Charitable Trust. Its expertise includes trustee liability and Charity Commission matters.

Foot Anstey is ‘a solid bedrock’ for clients including Age UK and Scope. James Evans heads the charities and social enterprise team, which includes ‘strong litigator’ and newly promoted partner Lucy Gill, who acts on legacy administration matters.

Under the leadership of Tony Cockayne, Michelmores LLP advises educational, ecclesiastical and newly formed charities. Lease acquisition and renewals, legacy disputes and land disposals form part of its workload.

Willans LLPhas a great reputation in the third sector for property’. Margaret Austen leads the department, which advises Shelter and Princess Alice Hospice. Nigel Whittaker and senior associate Alasdair Garbutt are also recommended.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s Geoff Trobridge handles charitable status, governance and regulatory matters. British Heart Foundation, Help & Care and Autism Wessex are clients.

2015 highlights for Tozers Solicitors LLP included establishing several new charitable incorporated organisations (CIO). Richard King leads the practice, which acts for clients including the Buckfast Abbey and Plymouth Diocesan trusts.

BPE Solicitors LLP acts for Age UK Gloucestershire and Blue Cross. Practice head Iain Garfield ‘breaks advice into accessible bite-sized chunks’.

At Stephens Scown LLP, senior associate Helen Furneaux ‘has a tremendous depth of knowledge’ on large-scale grant funded projects, charity mergers and establishing CIOs.

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