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Hewitsons

ELGIN HOUSE, BILLING ROAD, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 5AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01604 233233
Fax:
Fax 01604 627941
DX:
15623 NORTHAMPTON 3
Email:
Web:
www.hewitsons.com

Chris Knight

Tel:
Work 01604 233233
Email:
Hewitsons

Work Department

Charities team

Position

Head of charities team. Advises all charities, particularly large complex service delivery organisations, as well as schools and social enterprises on technical statutory issues, constitutional matters, governance, operational management, Charity Commission regulation, trading, fundraising, business collaborations, contracts, joint ventures, charity collaborations and mergers. Chris also works from the firm’s Cambridge, London and Milton Keynes offices.

Career

Qualified 1994;Gray’s Inn. Practised as Barrister 1994-2009: 1994-2001 in Chambers; 2001-07 in-house with Anthony Collins Solicitors; 2007 to date with Hewitsons LLP becoming solicitor and partner in 2009.

Member

Charity Law Association.

Education

Berkhamstead School; York University (1991 Politics with Economic and Social History); Holborn Law College (1993 CPE), Inns of Court School of Law (1994 Bar Vocational Course); CLT (2009 qualified lawyers transfer test).

Leisure

Trail running, cycling.


East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The firm-wide charities team at¬†Hewitsons¬†is led from Northampton by Chris Knight, and the Cambridge office is home to highly experienced practitioners including rural and property partner¬†Denise Wilkinson, whom clients describe as¬†‚Äėclear-thinking and excellent at spotting risks in land transactions'. The practice has more than¬†400 charity and education clients, among which are¬†RSPB, Canal and River Trust, United Church Schools Trust, United Learning, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, The Thalidomide Trust and Veterans‚Äô Aid, as well as¬†numerous¬†Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Wilkinson recently acted for a nationwide conservation charity in complex property matters relating to reclamation land. This included negotiating a lease from a charitable trust. Senior¬†solicitor¬†Martyn Robinson¬†handles charity formation, amendments to governing documents, incorporations and re-structuring, mergers, academy conversions, and dealings with the Charity Commission. He recently worked with Knight on behalf of long-standing client YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on its merger with YMCA Suffolk to create YMCA Trinity Group. Planning and environment specialist¬†Deborah Sharples¬†frequently deals with property, planning and and governance issues, and¬†Colin Jones¬†handles construction matters for clients in the not-for-profit sector.

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Hewitsons is 'overall a very good firm - its knowledge of the education and charity sectors is very good'. One client remarks that the firm 'offers a very thorough and comprehensive service that we value greatly'. It has a diverse client base consisting of schools and further or higher education institutions, to which it provides expertise in real estate and construction projects, freedom of information and data protection issues, academy and independent school restructuring, commercial matters and employment law. Practice head Chris Knight now works from the Northampton office but the firm retains highly recommended practitioners in the Cambridge office such as 'very thorough and knowledgeable' senior solicitor Martyn Robinson. Robinson acted with Knight for a multi-academy trust on a sponsor licence to allow access to students from outside the European Economic Area. Clients also recommend property partners James Simpson and Susanne Hinde for their 'prompt responses, pragmatic and commercial advice with deep specialist expertise'.

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Knight - Hewitsons

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Hewitsons' practice demonstrates¬†‚Äėcompetence and professionalism at all levels‚Äô. Its clients span the charity, social enterprise and education sectors, for which it handles projects, joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings. Grant-making and sports charities also generate a significant portion of the caseload. Practice head Chris Knight¬†‚Äėexcels at his remit‚Äô and was recently part of a team that assisted the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust with a multitude of issues, including lease agreements, charity law and intellectual property in the context of the client succeeding to the role of occupier and operator of a historic house and grounds in Northampton. Other clients include RSPB, Canal and River Trust and King‚Äôs College Cambridge.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Hewitsons' multi-disciplinary education team advises on real estate and construction projects, data protection law and freedom of information matters, as well as assisting with the restructuring of academies and independent schools and a range of commercial issues, including student and pupil issues and service and outsourcing agreements. Chris Knight heads the team, with key support from associate Virginia Henley. Real estate partners Marc Carter and Patricia Kempson regularly act on behalf of education sector clients.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Hewitsons acts for more than 400 charities and education-sector clients, including the RSPB, Canal and River Trust, and a number of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Chris Knight leads the practice from the firm's Northampton office and is supported by Martyn Robinson in Cambridge, whose expertise covers charity formations, governance, and mergers. Recent highlights include advising Bedford College on the transfer of all assets from Tresham College to the client following the dissolution of Tresham College, in addition to advising the same client on a new loan facility secured against the property assets from the transfer.

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