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Rosamund Mccarthy

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Bates Wells

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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

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells has a large and dedicated charities practice that handles the full array of matters. The first-class team has recently been advising on various safeguarding matters as well as on some of the most complex and high-profile matters for household name organisations. The department also continues to advise many important charities on highly confidential pre-investigation compliance cases as well as investigations by the Charity Commission. The well-regarded Philip Kirkpatrick heads the charities and social enterprises department which includes: Rosamund McCarthy, who has a high profile in the charity sector acting for top 100 charities on governance and complex regulatory matters; Lawrence Simanowitz, who has a strong presence in the environment sector; newly-promoted senior partner Stephanie Biden, who is 'thorough, hardworking and efficient'; Thea Longley, who covers start-ups, constitutional advice (including restructuring), and governance reviews; Abbie Rumbold, who specialises in establishing charities created as spin-outs from the public sector; 'bright and astute' Laura Soley, who leads the firm’s expert trusts and legacies group; Erica Crump, who leads the culture and creative cross-departmental team; senior associate Pippa Garland; and associate Lucy Rhodes. Louise Haran, Victoria Schneider and Mathew Healey were all promoted to the partnership.

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London: Public sector


Within: Electoral

Bates Wells is considered a 'go-to' firm for electoral and campaigning laws, and practice co-head Simon Steeden is highlighted for his all-round expertise and ability to guide clients through the legalities of running campaigns and the make up of new political groups. Rosamund McCarthy co-heads the elections, politics and campaigning team, and her work has included advising the designated lead campaign group for a remain vote in the EU referendum. Melanie Carter heads the public and regulatory group, advising on areas such as electoral law rules relating to non-party campaigning and acting for a candidate for the London mayoral elections. Associate Jessica Collings' work takes in electoral law and lobbying regulations, where she also handles contentious work, investigations and judicial reviews. The team also advises on the interface between digital campaigning and the current electoral law system.

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