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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Marion Davis

Work 0141 221 8012
BTO Solicitors LLP

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Charities, Social Housing, Procurement



Experienced in charity and public law matters, Marion is one of the few solicitors accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in charity law. Provides corporate, governance and business advice in relation to charities, social housing, regeneration, local authority and regulatory matters, including regulatory intervention. Advises many clients on: becoming a charity; non-charitable trading; proposed activities for charities and subsidiaries; contracts; policies; regulatory and governance issues. Advises charities and trustees on applications for reorganisation under the Charities legislation or change of legal form, which are often complex and can involve more than one charity. E.g. assisting a large unincorporated association to transfer into a company, where as well as charity regulatory requirements there are specific requirements to meet in order to manage historic pension liabilities. As charities often work within group structures, Marion advises on group arrangements, e.g. finalising an Independence Agreement to set out how the different organisations (charity and non-charity) work together. Regularly provides training on charity law and good governance for clients and others, including the Legal Services Agency. Having completed a secondment with the charity regulator in 2012, Marion has particular insight into the regulation of charities in Scotland.


BTO Solicitors LLP (2002-present); trainee and then solicitor, Aberdeen City Council (1997-2001).


Law Society of Scotland


Aberdeen University – MA (Hons), Mathematics and Philosophy (1991); Glasgow University – LLB (1996); Glasgow University – Diploma in Legal Practice (1997)


Board member of Project Ability Limited.

Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

BTO Solicitors LLPprovides clear and concise advice’ on charity regulation and OSCR requirements, including the transition from non-charitable to charitable status and governance matters. ‘Knowledgeable and professional’ associate and ‘excellent communicatorMarion Davis advised the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) on OSCR requirements following its transition from an unincorporated association to an incorporated company structure, and subsequently assisted the client with obtaining OSCR consent to change its legal form. The practice also regularly assists charitable registered social landlords with regulatory and governance issues. Team head Patrice Fabien assisted Richmond Fellowship Scotland (TRFS) in its role as a private landlord with regulatory issues applicable to private residential tenancies. Other clients include the Scottish Cremation Society, CLIC Sargent and McSence.

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