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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

The Enterprise Sector Group at Stone King LLP works together on a national basis operating across its various offices under the direction of Tim Rutherford and Hannah Kubie. The team does a lot of work with religious and faith organisations working with Catholic, Church of England and independent church charities, and other religious groups. It is also well-regarded for its work with educational charities and charities that work with young people. Other areas of expertise span its work with military charities, heritage, arts and museums, as well as increasingly livery companies and City corporations. Key team members include: Julian Blake, who has over 28 years of experience in social enterprise and charity work; Jonathan Burchfield, who concentrates his extensive expertise exclusively on charity law matters; and chairman of the firm Ann Phillips, who works with many of the firm’s long established charity clients.

Practice head(s):Tim Rutherford; Hannah Kubie

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Burchfield; Ann Phillips; Julian Blake; Reema Mathur


'Reema Mathur is very experienced and active in this area'.

Key Clients

Methodist Minister’s Housing Society

Society of Jesus

Downside Abbey

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Jonathan Burchfield as Interim Manager of the Essex Islamic Academy

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church of St Mary of Debre Tsion

Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse

Brentwood Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Society of St Stephen’s House

English Province of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd CIO

The Carmelite Charitable Trust

Julian House

Sisters of Christian Retreat

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

The Sisters of the Divine Saviour


The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Fairfield Farm Trust

Family Action

Diocese of Westminster

The Polish Catholic Mission

Royal Society of Medicine

Catch 22

HCT Group


Work highlights

  • Jonathan Burchfield has been appointed as the interim manager of the charity ( Essex Islamic Academy).    
  • The Commission appointed Jonathan Burchfield as interim manager of the charity (Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust) to the exclusion of its trustees who were disqualified from acting.  
  • The team has a client partnership arrangement with E4All, based on Julian Blake’s long working relationship with it.
  • Continuing to act for the Samuel Courtauld Trust on various complex matters.
Leading individuals

Ann Phillips - Stone King LLP

Jonathan Burchfield - Stone King LLP

Julian Blake - Stone King LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP provides the full range of services for older clients. It advises clients on various matters such as powers of attorney, wills and estate planning and in addition the group is well-versed in international succession and probate matters. The group is skilled at advising on diverse matters, from lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection through to advising on private family trusts. In London Rod Smith is a key contact and Bath-based Alison Allen and Daniel Harris are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Rod Smith; Alison Allen; Daniel Harris

Work highlights

  • Acting as executor of a £2m estate – planning, arranging and meeting the  care needs of 96-year-old mother of deceased.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Graham Burns - Stone King LLP

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Education: institutions
Leading individuals

Graham Burns - Stone King LLP

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP is renowned for its education work and is described as a 'go-to' firm for schools and higher education bodies. The team is skilled in advising state-funded schools on governance matters, high-profile transfers, mergers and establishing separate entities. Graham Burns has particular expertise is recommended for his ability to handle high-value and high-profile M&A in the academy sector, while Stephen Ravenscroft is experienced in advising on education projects and is knowledgeable in the NGO field. The team also provides specialist advice to faith schools, with Lee Coley heading up Church of England schools matters.

Practice head(s):Graham Burns; Roger Inman; Tom Morrison; Helen Tucker

Other key lawyers:Stephen Ravenscroft; Lee Coley

Key Clients

United Church Schools Trust

The Collaborative Academies Trust

Oasis Community Learning

Future Academies

TBAP Trust

Learning in Harmony Multi Academy Trust

Community Schools Trust

Hasmonean High School

Greenshaw Learning Trust (previously Greenshaw High School)

Enfield Learning Trust

NAS Academies Trust

The Baker Dearing Trust

Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust

Leicester Diocesan Board of Education

Coventry Diocesan Board of Education

Greenshaw Learning Trust

David Ross Education Trust (DRET)

Work highlights

  • Handling the establishment of a seven-school multi-academy trust in Leicestershire, involving both academy conversions and transfers.
  • Advising on the establishment of a new seven-school church majority multi-academy trust in Kent.
  • Successfully prevented the issue of judicial review proceedings for a large alternative provision multi-academy trust.
  • Successfully defended a client against a complex disability discrimination claim relating to the exclusion of a child from a school trip.
  • Handled the negotiation of a settlement leading to the withdrawal of a claim relating to the permanent exclusion of a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Leading individuals

Graham Burns - Stone King LLP

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