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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘highly professional’ team acts for clients such as charitable trusts associated with the public sector, faith charities, education institutions, almshouse charities and Roman Catholic Dioceses. The group also assists companies and organisations with establishing charities in the private sector as well as handling the creation of new charities, restructuring governance arrangements, commercial property transactions and other ongoing operational matters. William Colacicchi advised a company on the property aspects of its conversion to charitable status, assisted a charitable trust with real estate ownership matters and managed charitable aspects of an academy conversion. The group is also handling ongoing governance work for Wyggeston’s Hospital. Solicitor Vicki Hair is another name to note.

Freeths LLP provides ‘outstanding service that goes above and beyond’ in areas such as governance, commercial agreements, risk management, data protection, fundraising and litigation. ‘Enormously helpful and knowledgeable’ senior associate Robert Nieri leads the team in Nottingham. Highlights included assisting an unincorporated faith charity with its incorporation as a separate legal entity, guiding a society through a member’s misconduct investigation and advising a local authority on the creation of a charity. The team also advised a charitable trust governed by a corporate trustee on winding-up proceedings and subsequent capital distribution. British Psychological Society, RAFA and Carers Trust East Midlands are clients.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘outstanding’ team has ‘excellent’ knowledge and counts the National Space Centre and the Congregational Federation among its clients. The group advises charities on a wide range of matters, including issues related to contentious probate, corporate transactions and commercial property. Recent work saw the team acting for a faith charity during the sale of freehold land and advising a newly formed charity on its obligations under trust and charity law. The team assisted two charitable trusts with their merger, which involved securing merger approval from the Charity Commission, negotiations with the charity’s beneficiaries and a comprehensive review of articles of association and internal policies. James Coningsby heads the practice and Richard Grosberg, who specialises in Court of Protection work, is also recommended.

The team at Geldards LLP provides a ‘first-class’ service and is a ‘pleasure to work with’. For example, the ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ Stephen Marshall is ‘always willing to take extra time to translate the legal jargon’; he recently assisted Newcastle Christian Life Centre with its transition into Hillsong UK, including due diligence, terms negotiation and property transfers. He is also managing commercial transactions and governance matters for Assemblies of God Incorporated and advising Lincolnshire County Council on its transfer of ownership over Bourne Town Hall. The group also assisted a charity with the creation of a charitable company limited by guarantee to act as a purchaser in a community asset transfer. Cardiff-based Giselle Davies heads the national practice.

Hewitsons’ ‘professional’ team has ‘impressive’ levels of knowledge, and acts for charities, education institutions and social enterprises in matters ranging from corporate transactions to grant-making governance rules. Sports charities and associations are also clients. Practice head Chris Knightunderstands and grasps the client’s requirements quickly and suggests tailored creative solutions’; he conducted the review of governance strategy for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, and is managing the commercial, property and governance aspects of the restoration and operation of Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust. The team also advised Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity on compliance and authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority. Private client specialist Clare Colacicchi is another name to note.

Mark Dunkley’s department at Shakespeare Martineau LLP assists grant-making and government-funded charitable trusts, and specialises in acting for animal charities. Probate specialist Andrew Wilkinson assisted a charitable will beneficiary with the devolution of an estate and associated tax matters. Other highlights included drafting governance strategy for a grant-making charity and supporting an institution with assessing compliance of its actions against the requirements of the Charity Commission.

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