Charities and not-for-profit in North West
Brabners LLP is considered 'the leading firm in the North West for expertise in the charity sector'. The ‘dedicated and experienced team’ handles highly complex matters led by the ‘diligent’ and ‘attentive’ Stephen Claus, who also has experience in ecclesiastical law. Associate Graeme Hughes is also recommended. Robert Nieri joined from Freeths LLP in September 2018.
‘Up to date knowledge of the sector and great experience of the Charity Commission and their thinking. The fact that they look after so many charities means that they have a wide view of the sector and trends.‘
‘The team offers a bespoke service and are very accommodating and understanding of organisational context and complexities.‘
‘Graeme Hughes provides sound, pragmatic advice and attention to detail, whilst understanding the organisation’s requirements.‘
‘What is really helpful is the way that the different departments link in with each other in order to ensure that all specialist aspects of legal matters are considered.‘
‘Stephen Claus has a specialist charity law knowledge and experience that is quite unique in the sector and one of the qualities that singles Stephen out is the very pragmatic advice he gives.‘
‘Graeme Hughes has a very pleasant manner in dealing with clients – his breadth of knowledge has been invaluable.‘
‘Stephen Claus has provided an exceptional service to our organisation. He has extensive knowledge of the issues that challenge us. He is extremely responsive and flexible to the needs of our business.‘
‘Robert Nieri is a standout partner and an expert in his field. His advice is through yet easy to understand and to the point. He is our go-to lawyer for all charity law questions.‘
‘Robert Nieri is contactable, accountable, reasoned and objective.‘
‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable in charity sector law but also the emerging issues and direction of the charity commission – allowing you to plan effectively.’
Addiction Dependency Services
Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal
An Hour for Others
Campaign to Protect Rural England North Yorkshire
Carers Trust East Midlands
Chester Visual Arts
Everton in the Community
Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Furniture Resource Centre
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
Homes 2 Inspire
The Lauries Limited
League Against Cruel Sports
Liverpool Homeless Football Club
Manchester United Foundation
Michael Carrick Foundation
National Examining Board for Dental Nurses
North West Cancer Research
Passion for Learning
Portico Library and Newsroom Limited
Professional Footballers’ Association Charity
Prospects Services Limited
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Blackburn Limited
Sir Josiah Mason’s Almshouse Charity
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Smart Works Charity
St Ann’s Hospice
Trustees of Stand Unitarian Chapel
UKIM Communities, Development & Welfare Limited
Yardley Grange Care Services Limited
Yardley Great Trust
Youth Federation Limited
- Advising Chester Visual Arts on the conversion of the organisation from a community interest company to a charitable company.
- Continuing advice to the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation in relation to a range of matters.
- Working with the Michael Carrick Foundation to introduce a standard grant making framework so as to ensure it is able to appropriately monitor its charitable application of funds.
- Advising Passion for Learning CIC on the conversion of the organisation from a community interest company to a charitable incorporated organisation using legislation introduced in 2018.
Counterculture Partnership LLP
Known for its 'expertise in arts and culture as well as charities law' the team at Counterculture Partnership LLP is praised for being 'informed, professional and easy to work with'. The 'patient, empathetic and supportive' Keith Arrowsmith leads the practice, acts across a diverse range of areas handling matters relating to charity registrations, cultural tax relief and fundraising regulations. Sarah Bailey, former head of legal at The Tate, joined the team in March 2018.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Roberts; Sarah Bailey
‘The firm combines in-depth knowledge as well as an empathy for us as an organisation.’
‘Essential experience of the challenges our sector faces, and the development of practical and pragmatic solutions.’
‘Experienced and highly credible team who are always prepared to provide bespoke quality help and guidance.’
‘Aside from the very personable approach that they bring, there is such a wealth of expertise and skill.’
‘Friendly and compassionate.’
Children’s Media Conference
British Youth Music Theatre
The Clay Foundation
NUS Students’ Union Charitable Services
National Operatic and Dramatic Association
Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust
Community Transport Association UK
Cornwall Museums Partnership
Voluntary Action Sheffield
National College for Creative and Cultural Industries
Creative and Cultural Industries Ltd
The Clore Leadership Programme
Ministry of Stories
Design and Artists Copyright Society
Hillsborough Area Sports Association
Mid-Ulster Community Services Ltd t/a Out & About
Woodhorn Charitable Trust
The Porthcurno Collections Trust t/a The Telegraph Museum
- Provided charity law, governance and company secretarial services to the British Youth Music Theatre for its rebranding and move to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
- Ongoing and sometimes urgent advice to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and its member organisations on theatre related legal issues.
- Governance advice to The Clore Leadership Programme and its fellows.
- Advised Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust in relation to its role in the £50m redevelopment and restoration of Buxton Crescent.
Mills & Reeve LLP's cross-discipline charities team, which acts for more than 250 charities and continues to attract new clients, is committed to helping them achieve their commercial goals while maintaining high ethical standards and managing their reputation. Paul Knight, who jointly leads the team with Simon Pedley, was promoted to partner in June 2018. Senior associate Rona McPherson is also recommended.
Paul Knight; Simon Pedley
Other key lawyers:
Mark Ashton; Rona McPherson; Sarah Whyman
‘Very knowledgeable and experts in their field.’
‘This team’s strength is their commitment to meet our deadlines with expert advice provided on a full range of commercial contracts and data protection matters.’
BBC Children in Need
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Big Lottery Fund
Greater Manchester Sports Partnership
Snowdonia National Park Authority
The Mountain Training Trust
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Pannone Corporate LLP has a cross-departmental charities and not-for-profit team which brings together commercial, procurement, corporate governance, finance, real estate, IP, IT, dispute resolution and employment expertise. The department, under the leadership of Steven Grant, advises a large number of charitable and other social enterprise clients on a broad range of issues, from registration to corporate structures through to transfers and dissolution. Bill Dunkerley joined as director from Keoghs LLP in December 2018.
Other key lawyers:
Jack Harrington; Nicola Marchant; Fiona Hamor; James Wynne; Sarah Bazaraa; Alexandria Winstanley; Gareth Birch; Stephen Mutch
‘A very experienced legal firm – the support we receive is second to none.’
The Road Safety Trust and its trading subsidiary UKROEd Limited
Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust
Big Life Group
PRS For Music
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Wythenshawe Forum Trust Limited
Manchester Community Centre
Manchester Foster Care Association
North West Community Services Ltd
National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
Greater Manchester Community Basketball
At Addleshaw Goddard, private capital partner Yorke Eaton is known for his expertise in advising charities on a wide range of matters such as the establishment and registration of new entities, governance and trustee issues, commercial contracts, charity land transactions and restructuring issues. The department also advises banking clients on the taking of security over charity land and assets.
Pervinder Kaur (Leeds)
Other key lawyers:
National Coal Mining Museum
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
NFU Charitable Trust
Led by the Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to its clients in the charity sector. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to governance and the establishment of corporate foundations. Kerren Daly advises on employment-related charity work, while Dominic Buckley handles property-related charity matters.
‘Catherine Rustomji is warm, friendly and a safe pair of hands.’
West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity
The Running Bee Foundation
Droylsden Little Theatre
High Peak Theatre Trust
Kidneys for Life
The Manchester Young People’s Theatre Limited (Contact Theatre)
Railway Benevolent Fund
Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Advising longstanding charity client Pharmacist Support on a range of matters from charity governance and best practice, to employment compliance and property arrangements
- Advised West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity on the transition arrangements from one legal structure to another and related advice concerning property ownership.
- Serving as exclusive legal adviser to Birtenshaw on matters including charity law and governance, employment and HR, property and commercial issues.
Michael Young leads the department at Hibberts LLP, which focuses on complex charity and unregistered conveyancing work. In these matters it is assisted by the firm's agriculture and commercial property departments.
Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a diverse range of large, medium and small charitable not-for-profit organisations as well as social enterprises across sectors including health and education, offering advice on a range of matters covering corporate, property and governance, among others. Mark Fitzgibbon enjoys a good reputation in the local market, while Jeff Middleton advises charities on employment-related matters. Paul Baker advises clients on tax-efficient philanthrophy while schools head Luke Green works with academy clients.
Mark Fitzgibbon; Jeff Middleton; Paul Baker; Luke Green
Big Life Group
Greenwich Leisure Limited
The People’s Trust (Greece)
Parkwood Holdings Limited
Manchester Literature Festival
Amnesty (UK) Group
New Brighton Cricket & Bowls Club
Led by Graham Wood, Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's practice provides a comprehensive service for charities and not-for-profits, with particular expertise in the establishment of new charitable trusts, Charity Commission registration and governance and constitutional matters. The team also advises charities in relation to commercial contracts, commercial property and employment disputes.
Other key lawyers:
The Stoller Charitable Trust
The Morris Feinmann Home Charitable Trust
Mivke Charitable Trust
- Advised DanceSyndrome on taxation, governance and compliance issues.
- Advised on all of the legal arrangements for the Stoller Charitable Trust, which has been involved in the establishment of the UK’s first proton beam therapy centre.