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Anne-Marie Piper

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Farrer & Co

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Anne-Marie is head of the Charities team. She acts for sponsors of new charities, directors, trustees and officers of existing charities and other not-for-profit bodies and individuals and companies wishing to make charitable gifts or do business with charities. She is particularly well known for her handling of difficult regulatory cases; fundraising and complex mergers, reorganisations and administrations. Founder, former secretary and former Chairman of the Charity Law Association, Anne-Marie also lectures and writes regularly on charity law subjects. She is the general editor of Charity Law (2012: European Lawyer Reference series) and a contributor to the chapter on England and Wales.


Trained at Richards Butler; called to the Bar in 1980; joined private client department, Richards Butler in 1983; requalified as solicitor; became a partner at Richards Butler in 1989; joined Paisner & Co and headed charities group from 1994–2001; joined Farrer & Co in 2001 and now heads the firm's Charities Group.


Charity Law Association


University College London, Council of legal Education.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Headed by David Fletcher,  Farrer & Co provides 'excellent insolvency knowledge and practical application', particularly as it intersects with the private wealth and charities sectors - two core competencies of the firm as a whole. 'Excellent' senior associate Nyla Yousuf provides 'very pragmatic advice' across a range of insolvency matters, including in relation to the enforcement of security and for companies in financial distress. Anne-Marie Piper is also recommended for charities-related restructuring/insolvency work.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Piper - Farrer & Co

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Farrer & Co  fields a ‘very responsive team that provides clear advice and guidance’. It is a ‘good all-round and solid team that always has someone available to assist who is a safe pair of hands’. The ‘excellentAnne-Marie Piper heads the team, which includes the ‘very professional and approachableJames Carleton, who is ‘experienced and pragmatic’; Elizabeth Jones, whose ‘response times are always quick and clients feel that the advice is realistic in terms of tailoring the advice to ensure that it is commercially viable'; 'superb' newly promoted partner James Maloney; and Sam MacDonald, who advises charities and other not-for-profit institutions on all aspects of UK charity law and related tax law. Another key member of the team is Julian Smith who advises a wide range of foundations and functional charities including those organisations that have been established by statute or by Royal charter. At associate level Laetitia Ransley  is ‘extremely professional and thorough. She provides clear and concise yet comprehensive advice’. Philip Reed  is also ‘effective and personable’. The ‘strong’ team continues to advise Leonard Cheshire Disability (a major international disability charity) on a wide range of issues. In other key matters it advised on the establishment of the London Emergencies Trusts. This is a charity that was established to help victims of terror attacks and other emergencies in London.

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