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Lawrence Simanowitz

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Charity and social enterprise.


Specialist in advising UK and international charities, arts and media organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises including their establishment, regulation (including regulatory investigations), campaigning, governance, mergers and incorporations, fundraising and financing and commercial agreements. Recently advised the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on its international network of charities, several major UK clients on their funding agreements with public authorities, established the Elders Foundation as a UK charity and advised on its international structure and key strategic and legal issues. UK external counsel to several of the largest US not for profit organisations. Additional areas of expertise include data protection and information law, intellectual property and IT – advising clients on rebranding, licensing and assigning copyright and trade mark rights, including recent rebrand of major international aid and development charity and advising leading national disability charity on dispute over ownership of its database; also advised a household name environment charity on compliance issues.


Parliamentary researcher 1986-88; television researcher 1988-91; producer and director television documentaries (BBC and C4) 1991-96; trained as solicitor Lewis Silkin; qualified 2000; solicitor Bates Wells Braithwaite 2000-06; partner 2006 to date; contributor to ‘Jordan’s Charities Administration Service’; ‘Cultural Giving’; ‘Charities, Trading and the Law’; ‘Business Law: a guide for entrepreneurs’; ‘The Charities Acts Handbook: A Practical Guide’; and ‘Data Protection for voluntary organisations’.




The Law Society; Charity Law Association. Board memberships: Fundraising Standards Board; 38 degrees Trust. Chair: The Urdang Academy of Dance.


Sylvan High School; John Ruskin High School; St Peter’s College, Oxford (1986 2(1) politics, philosophy and economics); College of Law (1997 CPE; 1998 LPC).

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Lawrence Simanowitz - 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: 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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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s expertise spans the arts, theatre, advertising, film and TV. The team advises the British Film Institute (BFI) on a range of issues including real estate, governance, fundraising, data protection, valuation and audience development; other clients include Arts Council England, which it advises on data protection matters; English National Opera, which it advises on employment matters and recently advised on a commercial property acquisition and gift aid project; and The Space CIC, a joint venture between the BBC and Arts Council England, which it advises on review, restructuring, and real estate matters. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Science Museum Group, Royal Albert Hall and Booker Prize Foundation are also clients. Head of advertising and marketing Rupert Earle is ‘highly experienced in advertising law and regulation’ and is ‘knowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough, and displays good judgement’. Erica Crump co-heads the culture and creative team with associates Molly Waiting, who is an ‘absolute star’, and Tom Pratt. Lawrence Simanowitz is noted for his media and arts expertise.

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