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Russell-Cooke LLP

Work 020 8789 9111
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59456 PUTNEY

James Sinclair Taylor

Work +44 (0)20 8394 6480
Russell-Cooke LLP

Work Department

Charity and social business.

Advice on governance, risk management, strategy particularly arranging and delivering mergers and collaboration.


Partner in the charity and social business team dealing with charities, social enterprise, mutuals and public bodies and not-for-profit organisations including large social care providers such as Choice, Mcch and Certitude; mutuals, co-op and social enterprises; international bodies such as Hostelling International; UNICEF UK, Afghanaid and Plan International; local authorities; religious, educational and health charities; royal charter bodies and professional bodies; regeneration campaigning and environmental, and medical bodies.


Trained Vivash Hunt; qualified 1976; worked at North Kensington Law Centre then helped found Hounslow Law Centre; founded Sinclair Taylor & Martin 1981 – later merged with Russell-Cooke to become the charity team. Publications: ‘Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook’; ‘The Company Secretaries Handbook for Voluntary Sector Companies’; Principal of Whitecliff Management Consultancy; Trustee of grant-making, educational, information, care and medical charities. Currently Protector of NESTA (formerly the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Chair of Reside Housing Association; Vice Chair of ShelterBox and Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust; Trustee of Islington Play Association


Charity Law Association.


Grenville College; University of Leicester (BA Social Sciences).

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

James Sinclair Taylor - Russell-Cooke LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Russell-Cooke LLP has a growing team with six partners and seven associates who work exclusively for charity clients under the leadership of Andrew Studd. Studd is particularly well known for his work with charities on mergers, re-organisations and trading arrangements. Chris Rowse was promoted to partner. Rowse’s clients include 'several household name’ charities as well as a number of smaller voluntary bodies. He led the firm’s work for the Normandy Memorial Trust which was awarded £20m to build a D-Day memorial in France. Andrew Small joined the team from Stone King LLP and is highly regarded for his experience of advising charities and other third sector bodies on various property issues. Small has particular experience of advising on the property issues that arise from charity mergers and acquisitions as well as on property issues for schools. Jane Klauber is recommended for her employment law advice to charities. James Sinclair Taylor is praised for his particular understanding of the workings of the Charity Commission.  The department acts for a number of well-known names such as the British Heart Foundation, the Youth Hostel Association, Action for Blind People, World Vision UK and World Wildlife Fund.

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