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Rosamund Mccarthy

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Charity and social enterprise; election law


Partner. Areas of expertise include: charity registrations (local, national and international); philanthropy and giving; election and campaigning law, advising donors, funders and non-party campaigners on elections and referendas; international foundations; corporate foundations; membership not-for-profits; charity constitutions, including reviews, advice and incorporation; governance reviews for charities and other not-for-profits; establishing trading subsidiaries to include financing and relationship with charity; sponsorship; mergers and transfers of business; business contracts to supply services; company secretarial services for various companies.


Trained Bates Wells Braithwaite; qualified 1993; partner 1999 to date. Current directorships: Free Word. Publications of note: contributing author ‘The Fundraiser’s Guide to the Law’ (Directory of Social Change); ‘Jordan’s Charities Administration Service’.


Founder and first chair, Poet in the City; Charity Law Association; Lotteries Council; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; The Steering Committee of National Poetry Day; member of the Advisory Council of the AVA Foundation; former trustee of Free Word and the Small Charities Coalition; current trustee of Citizens UK and the Friend Publications.


Newlands School, Maidenhead; Bristol University (2:1).


Literature, arts.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Rosamund McCarthy - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells Braithwaite  ‘takes the times to understand its clients’ values and priorities and then gives advice that is accurate and practical’. The ‘very industriousPhilip Kirkpatrick heads the department and is an ‘imaginative and resourceful thinker’. Thea Longley  ‘attracts high-profile clients and retains their confidence’. Rosamund McCarthy provides ‘clear and sensible advice and works within deadlines’ and Stephanie Biden  provides a ‘consistently excellent service’. Luke Fletcher  gives ‘excellent advice and guidance’ and Laura Soley  is ‘very experienced and level-headed’. Lawrence Simanowitz  is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills and knowledge’. Abbie Rumbold  has particular expertise in the social enterprise sector and associate Lucy Rhodes ‘tenaciously digs away through historical documents to come up with highly useable advice and solutions’. Augustus Della-Porta  is now a partner and Julian Blake  joined Stone King LLP  Clients include Oxfam and the RNIB. The group continues to advise the Royal Albert Hall on various high profile and complex governance and constitutional issues relating to the Hall’s constitution – the constitution was created by Royal Charter and several acts of parliament dating back to 1876. The Samaritans, National Federation of Women’s Institutes and BBC Children in Need are also clients.

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London: Public sector


Within: Electoral

One of the best election law firms’, Bates Wells Braithwaite has an outstanding track record advising on elections, referendums and parliamentary affairs with experts in constitutional, commercial and media law being able to advise across the political spectrum. It continues to advise the Cabinet Office and Lord Hodgson on the Independent Statutory Review into the regulation of non-party campaigning in respect of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, as amended by the controversial Lobbying Act. It also continues to provide a range of advice to 38 Degrees on its campaigning activity. Other clients include Britain Stronger in Europe, the Green Party, the National Union of Students and the Trade Union Congress. Simon Steeden and Rosamund McCarthy co-head the team and Melanie Carter and Jessica Collings are key team members who ‘are both excellent solicitors - creative, hardworking and imaginative.’

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Bates Wells Braithwaite  is ‘responsive and provides a great deal of guidance’. Key figures include Rupert Earle, trade mark specialist Mathew Healey, who provides ‘balanced and accurate advice’, and Rosamund McCarthy, who acts for charities and social enterprises. Earle advises the Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice on diverse regulatory issues such on e-cigarettes and gender stereotyping. Healy handles trade mark clearance, registration and enforcement matters; he is assisted by Catharina Waller in managing the international trademark portfolio of Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. Waller is a name to note and is highly recommended for trademark matters, some of her recent instructions include assisting The Institute of Masters of Wine on its global portfolio management. Lawrence Simanowitz is ‘excellent in all areas of brand management’.

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