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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Shivaji Shiva, of whom clients say: ‘his legal advice is very good and his client relation skills second to none’. The team has special expertise in the areas of social housing, education and faith-based charities.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s clients are drawn from the arts and culture, animal welfare and scientific research spheres. A particular highlight for Neil Burton’s team in 2015 was being appointed to The Royal Shakespeare Company’s legal panel. Keith Dudley joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards provides an ‘excellent depth of knowledge and quick responses’ and counts the Soil Association, Stonewall and The Forest Trust among its clients. The team has a focus on faith charities and bodies within the education sector. Con Alexander leads the team from Bristol, and Penelope Byatt is recommended.

DWF’s team is headed by Leeds-based Catherine Rustomji. Clients include The Royal British Legion, Birmingham YMCA and National Children’s Bureau.

Lodders Solicitors LLP works with faith-based charities, agricultural groups and sporting bodies, including the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and Archery GB. The department is headed by Mark Lewis, who advised the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers on governance matters.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s Lesley Davis is ‘an exceptional leader of her team’, which represents clients involved in education, healthcare and animal welfare. Keith Dudley joined Mills & Reeve LLP and Catriona Attride went to Gateley Plc.

A recent highlight for Wright Hassall LLP was advising WCS Care Services on the acquisition of land for development and construction of a new care home. The team, led by Rachel Gwynne, has also advised The Pony Club and British Dressage. Monica Macheng joined from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

Simon James, who heads the team at Ansons Solicitors Ltd, is ‘highly regarded by trustees for his knowledge of the sector and the proactive advice he provides’. The team assists in all charitable issues, including compliance with charity commission requirements, contract negotiations and dispute resolution.

Band Hatton Button LLP’s clients include Coventry School Foundation, City College Coventry, and Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA. The team is headed by Haydn Jones, who is praised for his ‘careful and methodical approach’ and ‘very good service’.

A recent highlight for FBC Manby Bowdler LLP was advising Lichfield Diocesan Trust on general charitable matters and on aspects of ecclesiastical law. Stuart Rea is the practiced head, and the ‘responsive, knowledgeable and pleasantDavid Raymont is also recommended.

Knights Professional Services Limited assists with setting up new charities, applying for schemes from the Charity Commission and providing trustees with training. Jenny Hampson is the key contact.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team has niche expertise in charity law as it applies to universities, and its clients include University of Warwick, University of Sussex and University of Gloucestershire. Practice head Janet Hoskin provides a ‘good level of technical expertise and is good at building long-term relationships with clients’.

Thomas Horton LLP’s department head Malford Harris advises on all aspects of charity law, including formation, registration and governance matters. Recent highlights include acting for three charities that merged to form a large regional charity.

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