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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. Marion provides corporate, governance and business advice in relation to charities, social housing, regeneration, local authority and regulatory matters. Advises many clients on: adoption of charity status; non-charitable trading; proposed activities for charities and subsidiaries; contracts; policies and governance issues. Advises a wide variety of charities and trustees on applications for reorganisation under the Charities legislation which are often complex and can involve more than one charity. For example, she assisted a local authority to set up, on extremely short notice, 3 new charitable trusts enabling subsequent successful applications for over 100 reorganisations by way of transfers from existing small charities into the 3 new bodies. As charities often work within group structures, Marion advises on group arrangements, for example, finalising an Independence Agreement to set out how the different organisations (charity and non-charity) work together. Also regularly provides training on charity law and good governance both for clients and others, such as 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 and chair of charity Project Ability Limited.
Scotland: Real estate
Within: Social housing
BTO Solicitors LLP’s team acts for a significant number of registered social landlords, including Clyde Valley Housing Association, Berwickshire Housing Association and Parkhead Housing Association. In a recent highlight, it advised Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership on the sale of properties earmarked for disposal under the New Supply Shared Equity scheme. Patrice Fabien, Karen Brodie and Marion Davis are ‘knowledgeable and personable’.