Charities and not-for-profit in North
Muckle LLP provides a full range of services to charity clients nationwide, including advising on corporate governance, fundraising, mergers, employment, property and tax issues. The firm is particularly well known in the sports and education sectors. The ‘outstanding advocate in charity law and business’ John Devine leads the practice and specialises in sports and finding innovative solutions to legal issues for high-profile clients.
‘Due to Muckle’s size they are able to tap into a wealth of specialists.’
‘The practice has a real understanding of the operating environment and takes the time to get to the root of issues rather than looking for a quick fix.’
‘Whatever the task Muckle engages with the appropriate resources efficiently and effectively.’
‘John Devine has deep knowledge of and empathy with the charitable sector.’
‘George Festing always takes care to really understand all the elements of an issue.’
The Great North Air Ambulance Service
The Alnwick Garden Trust
The Greggs Foundation (official affiliated charity of Greggs PLC)
The Premier League Charitable Fund
North Music Trust (The Sage Gateshead music venue)
Chelsea FC Foundation
British Airways’ Concorde Club
The Auckland Castle Trust
St Cuthbert’s Care (incorporating The Alan Shearer Foundation)
Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF)
Newcastle University Students’ Union
Mental Health Concern (Concern Group)
QPR in the Community Trust
- Advise The Auckland Castle Trust to preserve the castle as a visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland. Work includes advising on the incorporation of a project-related trading subsidiary including appropriate legal structures, different types of trading, governance issues and property issues.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its work for education, healthcare and religious charities, as well as particular expertise in transactional matters. The ‘solicitor par excellence’ Emma Moody leads the practice and is ‘energised and positive’ as well as ‘well networked’ in the area. Her team includes managing associate Samantha Pritchard, who specialises in advising on the complex area where charity law and public law coincide, offering ‘clear and reassuring advice.'
Other key lawyers:
‘Positive, confident engagement and the team takes the time to understand the business.’
‘Very quick to respond and support, providing a full service.’
‘Highly recommended, if clients want a job done well, go to Womble Bond Dickinson.’
‘This is a niche area of law and the firm has a depth of knowledge and experience that seems to outweigh its competitors.’
‘Emma Moody is extraordinarily committed to the client. She is also very accessible and very straightforward to deal with.’
‘Sally Cooper is very professional and client focused.’
‘Samantha Pritchard deals with challenging and difficult situations with ease. She has developed a novel governance model that is practical and reflects instructions exactly.’
Newcastle City Council
British Mountaineering Council
Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust
Charity Commission – Cardiff Sixth Form College (now Cardiff Educational Endowment Fund)
East Durham College
Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charities
Zedra Trust Company
Durham University Students’ Union
Northumberland County Council
Leeman Road Millenium Green Trust
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation
Percy Hedley Foundation
Mental Health Matters
Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School
St John of God Hospitaller Services
William Leech Foundation
Church Marketplace for Roman Catholic Dioceses
- Advised Crisis UK on a review of its governance arrangements resulting in the adoption of new Articles of Association which better reflected its current working practices.
- Supporting Newcastle City Council in transferring the city’s parks to a newly created charity called Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust.
- Instructed (after competitive tender) to support a specialist governance committee to undertake a constitutional review to address some structural issues at the British Mountaineering Council.
- Emma Moody was appointed by the Charity Commission as interim manager for St Laurence Education Trust, as well as the Ampleforth Abbey Trust, with responsibility for safeguarding following concerns about the adequacy and effectiveness of safeguarding at Ampleforth.
- The Charity Commission opened an investigation into Cardiff Sixth Form College, identified serious regulatory concerns and appointed Emma Moody as Interim Manager of the charity to the exclusion of all current and former trustees in November 2016.
Full-service firm Sintons LLP is best known for its work with religious organisations. The firm also specialises in advising private clients on the formation and administration of charitable funds. Experienced commercial lawyer Amanda Maskery leads the team that includes Laura Peace, who has expertise in ecclesiastical property transactions, faculty work and church sharing agreements.
‘Sintons is a highly efficient and effective law firm.’
‘Sintons is excellent. Good quality advice and work, delivered on time and with reasonable costs. Highly recommended.’
‘Paul Liddle handles requests with professionalism.’
‘Claire Morgan has tact, diplomacy and skill.’
‘Claire Morgan provides excellent personal attention and a real sense that the business is important to her.’
Church of England – Newcastle Diocese and Carlisle Diocese
United Reform Church (Northern Province)
Family Gateway Trust
Charlotte Straker Project
North of England Civic Trust
The Auckland Project
North East Council on Addictions
Church Commissioners for England
Methodist Church Managing Trustees
- Representing Family Gateway in saving Howdon Community Centre from closure by North Tyneside Council.
- Advising The Cyrenians Limited (operating as Changing Lives) on an agreement for loan from funds operated by The Big Issue to fund capital requirements for the provision of accommodation for entrenched rough sleepers.
- Full-service provision to The Auckland Project and related charity, Eleven Arches (responsible for the spectacle “Kynren”).
Ward Hadaway provides a charities property practice and a charity employment practice, with experience advising registered and exempt charities and social enterprise clients on a range of issues, including governance, grant making, mergers and legacy management. The firm also acts for public, corporate and private sector clients in dealings with charities and social enterprises. Practice head Fiona Wharton has experience representing registered and exempt charities, as well as trading subsidiaries. The team also includes Gaynor Jackson, who specialises in advising charities on contentious and non-contentious matters related to trust and estate issues.
Other key lawyers:
We Love Manchester Emergency Fund
Sherburn House Charity
Virgin Money Foundation
Sir James Knott Trust
Newcastle University Development Trust
County Durham Community Foundation
- Advised the trustee board of Virgin Money Foundation on governance issues, trustee’s roles and responsibilities.
- Advised Newcastle University on the permanent loan of the personal and business archive from Sir Terry Farrell, the well-known architect, to the University, on contractual and charity law matters.
- Advised on the sale of the existing Finchale Training College site. Provided advice on disposal of permanent endowment assets including liaison with the Charity Commission as well as general property and related advice.
- Advising Sherburn House Charity on its incorporation, which is one of the oldest registered charities in England and has substantial permanent endowment assets.
- Advised University of Newcastle Development Trust on the legal arrangements for new investment management arrangements, obligations and framework for the Trust.