Charities and not-for-profit in South East

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish works with high-net-worth individuals, charities, and corporate clients on the full range of charity law and governance matters, including charity formation, dissolution and mergers, liabilities and protection, and ethical investment and staffing. The team frequently collaborates with the wider firm's real estate practice on relevant property matters. Practice leader Kate Arnold leads the team and is an expert in matters regarding philanthropy and the setting up of charitable trusts, and managing associate Dominic Ribet frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals seeking to establish charities in the UK. In London, Andrew Millett also focuses on charity financing, restructurings, and governance.

Practice head(s):

Kate Arnold; Dominic Ribet

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Millett


‘It feels like a holistic team rather than a firm of individuals working in the best interests of my charity.’

They all go above and beyond what is required to deliver clear guidance and an exceptional service. As a charitable funder they understand that the more we save, the more we can grant to the charities we support.

Key clients

John Lyon’s Charity / Harrow School

EKC Group

URC Thames North Trust

The London Diocesan Fund

University of Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University

Goodenough College

The Dorothy Kerin Trust

English National Ballet

The Dulwich Estate

Francis Holland Schools Trust

Hospice in the Weald

Work highlights

  • Advised John Lyon’s Foundation on all legal matters in relation to Harrow School, John Lyon’s School, John Lyon’s Charity, Harrow International Schools Ltd., Harrow Development Trust, and Harrow School Enterprises Ltd.
  • Advised the English National Ballet in relation to their high-profile relocation of their main headquarters from Markova House to London City Island.
  • Provided advice to Goodenough College on commercial and corporate matters related to real estate, employment, and dispute resolution.


The charity team at IBB Law advises clients ona wide range of regulatory, commercial and governance matters, although its expertise also covers other relevant areas such as dispute resolution, employment, IP, data protection and property law. 'Quietly reassuring and sensitive' practice leader Paul Ridout's expertise is primarily in advising faith-based charities, including charities associated with the Church of England, Roman Catholic orders, and mosques and synagogues. Gemma Coles deals with property portfolios and Charities Act compliance, while senior solicitor Rosie Brass focuses on data protection and IP matters for charities.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ridout

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Coles; Rosie Brass


‘IBB Law has worked with us for many years and have served well a number of different teams of trustees, always in a very professional manner.’

‘The people we work with are always willing to advise on a number of different aspects of our work and make sure that we have the best person in the firm to deal with a specific query.’

‘Paul Ridout is valued for his quietly reassuring and sensitive manner. He responds quickly to queries, valuing all activities equally. He doesn’t shy away from difficult tasks or having robust conversations on behalf of clients.’

‘We are a small charity but when dealing with IBB, at all times, we feel are the centre of their attention. Moreover, it is clear that IBB have a close eye on cost implications for small charities – advice is always presented clearly with relevant costed options presented where appropriate. When advice is sought, acknowledgement is immediate and advice is  prompt and informative. We feel very well supported by IBB.’

‘Paul Ridout is outstanding in every respect.’

Key clients

Institute of Our Lady of Mercy

Versus Arthritis

Musicians Benevolent Fund (t/a Help Musicians UK)

Institute of Biomedical Science

Age UK Hillingdon Harrow & Brent

Age UK Richmond upon Thames

Conservation Collective

Pre-School Learning Alliance (trading as Early Years Alliance)

Teenage Cancer Trust

WeProtect Global Alliance

Moore Barlow

The Guildford-based team at Moore Barlow positions itself in competition with London firms in the charity law sphere. It advises charities on the full range of charity matters, while also drawing on resources from other teams to provide coverage on all relevant matters charities may encounter. Practice sector head Gordon Reid - 'a reassuring presence in times of crisis' - advises schools and charities on property, governance, and risk and reputational matters. He works alongside department head Joanna Lada-Walicki, who is experienced advising on reputational issues, including abuse allegations. Counsel Helen Harvie covers matters such as charity registration and constitutional issues.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Reid; Joanna Lada-Walicki

Other key lawyers:

Helen Harvie


‘As a religious charity, we were looking for someone who understood the ethos and motivation of our work, and who could give us appropriate legal support with that in mind. We were recommended one of the partners, Gordon Reid, who quickly understood how we operate and what we were wanting to achieve. This has been invaluable.’

‘The charities team are outstanding. There can’t be many law firms where clients actually enjoy having to get in touch. They are responsive, personable and incredibly knowledgeable. Not only do they grasp the issues quickly, but they are solutions focussed. You don’t come away with a range of options which you are left to chose between, but you are expertly guided through those decisions, and end with a clear sense how to progress the problem.’

‘The people are approachable and professional, providing clear, concise and prompt responses and advice to enquiries. Where appropriate they refer to other colleagues who specialise on certain matters and ensure these are resolved. My overall impression is the firm consistently demonstrates a good understanding of our context and therefore provides a bespoke service to enable us to achieve the desired goals. The services provided are of an excellent standard. The team are also friendly and adopt a relational approach.’

‘In my opinion, the individuals I work with stand out from competitors because of their high level of skills, expertise and excellent service delivery. All my interactions have been positive and there is consistency in the provision of excellent service and client experience.’

‘Gordon Reid provided excellent practical advice on a very responsive basis.’

‘Moore Barlow provide excellent support to charities to guide them through the increasing demands of compliance. As a small charity we value the advice on how best to fulfil our obligations to our staff, supporters and the regulatory authorities. Over the last year the timely advice on new requirements related to Covid-19 were particularly appreciated including webinars on latest government advice.’

‘Gordon Reid is a reassuring presence in times of crisis. His understanding of the charity sector enables him to advise in a clear and helpful manner so trustees can be confident in the decisions they make. Gordon is always quick to respond in a thoughtful way and we know we can rely on him.’

Key clients

Young Minds Trust


National Rifle Association

Lewisham Parochial & Almshouse Charities

Compassion UK

Lloyds Bank plc

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

YMCA Downslink Group

Walton Charity

The Oasis Charitable Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Young Minds Trust on collaboration agreements, governance advice, and copyright advice on arrangements with a well-known American tech and social media company.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank plc in taking security for the grantingCoronavirus Business Interruption Loans to charities ranging in value from £600,000 to £5m.
  • Advised Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on IT service contracts and software agreements with University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust including detailed data protection advice.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has longstanding relationships with high-profile charities, not-for-profits, and local South East charities, advising on a broad range of matters such as governance and safeguarding, creation of Royal Charters, and collaborations between charities and third parties. The team frequently draws on the wider firm's resources in practice areas such as employment, property, and tax to advise clients on the full range of charity-related work. Legal director Ben Brice has significant expertise advising charities on governance and commercial matters, while senior associate Kirsteen Hook has a sgtrong track record of work with not-for-profits.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brice

Other key lawyers:

Kirsteen Hook


‘Excellent knowledge of charity law and in particular the incorporation of a charity into a CIO.’

Key clients


The Methodist Church

The British Red Cross Society

The Big Issue Foundation

The Mary Rose Trust

Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre

Girls Friendly Society

Age Concern Newbury & District

Pilgrims’ Friend Society

Association for Project Management

The Ebico Trust for Sustainable Development

National Counselling Society

Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF)

Project Turn-Over

Sailors’ Society

Response Organisation


Nekton Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised a former trustee of a high-profile charity regarding statutory inquiry to ensure fair and accurate representation of facts published in an inquiry report.
  • Provided governance and commercial advice and negotiations for the Mary Rose trust relating to the establishment of a joint venture vehicle to act as ticket selling agent for entry to attractions at Portsmouth History Dockyard.
  • Advised trustees of Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre (BRASACC) on options available to them to ensure continued compliance with trustee duties and protection of beneficiaries in light of loss of funding, and advising on merger with local charity to ensure seamless transition of operations.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Covering the Reading and Thames Valley regions, the specialist team at Blandy & Blandy LLP provides comprehensive coverage to charities and not-for-profit clients. It has particular expertise in charity mergers and de-mergers, as well as joint ventures involving corporate partners. Its clients include universities, national charities, and regional charitable trusts. Team leader Nick Burrows is 'excellent, clear and pragmatic' advising on issues such as joint ventures, mergers, collaborations, and IP-related matters for charities.

Practice head(s):

Nick Burrows


‘We get excellent support from this team, they are efficient and provide sound advice in a comprehensible manner.’

‘Nick Burrows is excellent, very clear communicator, and has a pragmatic approach.’

‘The people are expert, pragmatic and constructive in their approach and build effective relationships with clients that enable rather than restrict.’

‘Blandy & Blandy are a very professional organisation and we have worked with them for many years. They also support the local voluntary sector, providing help and support when needed. I have recommended them several times to other parties.’

‘Nick Burrows is a dedicated, professional inspiring individual. Nick also responds swiftly and with a real understanding of the local voluntary sector, he is an asset to any organisation.’

‘Strategic thinking. A thorough understanding of the client’s needs and requirements. A transparent approach to providing feedback on progress of each individual case study.’

‘I have found all the individuals with whom I have worked very professional in terms of experience, knowledge, advice and responsiveness.’

‘I have a very positive working relationship with Nick Burrows. He is very approachable, with a common sense but thorough attitude to all the matters I’ve had to engage with him on. He understands the needs of our organisation and offers pertinent and relevant advice to meet that need.’

Key clients

University of Oxford

University of Reading

Ben – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Royal Town Planning Institute



Career Connect


The charity team at Brachers provides the full spectrum of advice to clients, including on related matters such as GDPR compliance, regulatory compliance, charity governance, and mergers and collaboration with third parties. Its clients extend from education establishments to religious organisations and almshouses. Practice co-head Sarah Gaines specialises in advising charities and not-for-profits on property transactions. Practice co-head Christopher Eriksson-Lee advises on a wide range of matters, including objects clauses, re-organisations, and trust compliance documentation, while Antonio Fletcher is an expert in both data protection and employment law for charities. Mary Rimmer, who focuses on registration of charities, as well as legal compliance and legacy donations, was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gaines; Christopher Eriksson-Lee

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Fletcher; Mary Rimmer


‘They understand the charity sector, with team members who have experience acting as trustees.’

‘I worked with Antonio Fletcher and Christopher Eriksson-Lee on a recent presentation and I was impressed with their knowledge and approach.’

Key clients

William Barrows Charity

Charities Aid Foundation Bank

Sevenoaks Suns Basketball Club

Blackthorn Trust

Royal British Legion Industries

Kent Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Advised Charities Aid Foundation Bank on secured lending to charities.
  • Advised Sevenoaks Suns Basketball Club on the development of a multi-sports facility.

Debenhams Ottaway

The St Albans charities and not-for-profit team at Debenhams Ottaway offers charities and parishes the full range of charity advice, including niche areas such as representing charities who are the beneficiaries in wills. Practice leader Andrew Yates is an expert in charity incorporation, mergers, disposals and acquisitions. Nicholas Turner focuses on charity formation, Jonathan Foy provides commercial property advice to charities, and Claire Sharp specialises in trust law and estate administration. Neil Mercer is also a key resource for diocese seeking charity advice and charities regarding complex development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Yates

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Turner; Ruth Boulton; Jonathan Foy; Claire Sharp; Neil Mercer


‘The people make the practice – they are highly professional and skilled, which you would expect of course of a legal practice, but more than that they are dedicated and enthusiastic to find the right solutions for their clients. They present the human face of the law to help clients achieve their aims.’

‘All of the people I have dealt with have been great. They clearly work hard to get to the right answer and to support their clients by approaching each assignment with passion and drive. Their development of team members underscores the ethos of the practice which has continued throughout the recent lockdown periods – which demonstrates their ability to adapt as a team.’

‘Great team – friendly, responsive and always looking for ways to help. They are approachable, personable and always wanting to deliver their best.’

Key clients

City of Expertise

The Counselling Foundation

Hubbard Will Trust

Crohn’s & Colitis UK

International Society for Krishan Consciousness (Hare Krishna)

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

InspireAll Limited

The St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance

Meher Baba Association Limited

The Church Lands Trust

Highfield Park Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised City of Expertise on its constitution and about its corporate members.
  • Helped the Counselling Foundation to update their standard training course terms and conditions.
  • Continued to act for Hubbard Will Trust, and educational trust established by Will in the 1940s.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors works with charities across the South East from its base in Canterbury and other offices in Whitstable and Chatham, drawing on talent from its sister litigation team to represent charities and trustees on all manner of relevant disputes. Private client head Aaron Spencer, who leads the charity law team, is an expert in setting up charitable trusts, with a niche specialism in almshouse charities. On the corporate side of charity work, Tony Chester focuses on mergers and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Spencer

Other key lawyers:

Tony Chester


‘They have specialists across the whole spectrum of charity law from setting up a charity to aspects of administration and property matters.’

‘Aaron Spencer has great experience which enables him to take a holistic view of the matter.’

Key clients

Royal Engineers Charities

Eastbridge Hospital

Sir Roger Manwood Hospital

Fordwich United Charities

Canterbury Relief in Need

Maynard & Cotton Hospital

RG Hills Charitable Trust

Whitstable Non-Ecclesiastical Charities

The Almshouse Charity of Wynn Ellis

Prince of Wales Youth Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Maynard & Cotton Hospital CIO on governance of an ancient Almshouse Charity in the historic centre of Canterbury.
  • Advised The Whitstable Non-Ecclesiastical Charities to make much needed grant distributions around the district.
  • Advised The Charity of Sarah Bernard on its conversion from an almshouse charity to a Charitable Incorporated organisation with associated transfer of assets and vesting declaration.

Gardner Leader LLP

The Gardner Leader LLP charities and not-for-profit team provides expert advice to faith-based charities, independent schools, and trustees on matters such as charity formation and registration, Charities Act compliance, and mergers and restructuring. Head of the dispute resolution team Alastair Goggins regularly handles complex contentious matters for charities, while Diane Yarrow is an expert in governance issues and GDPR compliance matters for charities. Penny Wright's expertise includes establishing new charities and dealing with permanent endowments, and Richard Buckeridge provides charities advice on trusts, wills, and property matters.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Diane Yarrow; Penny Wright; Richard Buckeridge


‘We have a longstanding relationship with Gardner Leader, who understand what really matters to us. They continue to deliver the highest standards of client care and give us peace of mind that our case will be handled expertly, and that our interests will come first. Gardner Leader have assisted us in litigious, commercial and real estate matters.’

‘Penny Wright is very capable and has a good understanding of the charity sector.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of wills and probate. They’re also very helpful and approachable with queries from non-experts.’

‘In addition to the excellent knowledge and advice the team offer, there is a genuine sense of commitment to the charity sector amongst them all. As a charity client, they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Whenever I need legal assistance, I know that within Gardner Leader, there will be someone who can give the very best help available.’

Key clients

Progressive Farming Trust

Swift Logistics Group

British Skin Foundation

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

The dedicated charities team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP covers diverse areas such as governance, corporate, property, and employment for national and regional charities alike. It has particular experience advising local sporting charities, CICs, and trusts, as well as high-profile disability charities. Practice leader Bruce Hayter is an expert advising prominent conservation and disability in sport charities, while Alan Zeal focuses on strategic and constitutional issues for educational trusts and sporting clubs. Amy White was promoted to partner in 2020, and is highly regarded by her clients for her advice on employment and HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Amy White; Alan Zeal


‘Very professional and knowledgeable team. They have provided a retained service which suits our charity and is affordable. We have every confidence that in the area of employment law and HR, we are approaching each of our responsibilities robustly and properly.’

‘Amy White is professional, knowledgeable, approachable and makes herself available when needed. Everything that she provides advice in is set out in an understandable way, leaving us entirely clear on our options in every case. She has made the HR minefield associated with the global pandemic much easier than it would have been without her expertise.’

‘Amy White is extremely professional and efficient. She is extremely knowledgeable and demonstrates expertise. Amy always go out of her way to explain in full answers to the queries and issues I have raised. Her advice and guidance has always ensured the best resolution for all concerned.

‘Rix & Kay’s staff are extremely approachable and help us in a variety of ways. In addition they have also recommended companies from other industries which has been extremely useful to us as a charity’

‘Bruce Hayter has been outstanding. He takes a keen interest in the work of our organisation.’

Key clients

Crawley Town Community Foundation

National Autistic Society Trust

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

Conservation Without Borders

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Action for Deafness

Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee Trust

Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (East Sussex WRAS)

Eastbourne Area Parents’ Action Group t/a Chalk Farm LDC

Work highlights

  • Advised Crawley Town Community Foundation in connection with employment status, contractual terms, performance management and Covid-19 (including homeworking, mental health and furlough leave) via GatekeeperHR.
  • Worked with the National Autistic Society (NAS) for a number of years. Recent work has centred on the development agreement for the construction of their new Vanguard School, a new 78 place special school for pupils aged 11-19 with autism, together with community facilities, in Lambeth, London.
  • Advised on a commercial agreement related to Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex’s lottery agreement with a third party provider.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a strong track record in contested legacy work for national charities across England, Wales, and Scotland, as well for its related  advice regarding pensions, GDPR compliance, and commercial matters, enabling it to provide a rounded service to charities clients. Angela Bowman leads the national charities practice and is known as a ‘fierce negotiator‘, with a ‘professional, no-nonsense approach‘ to matters. Suzanne Burrell focuses on pensions issues for charities, while Michael Briggs deals with redundancy and restructuring matters. The team brought on principal associate Robert Nieri from Brabners LLP in mid-2020 to expand its governance offering.

Practice head(s):

Angela Bowman

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Burrell; Michael Briggs; Robert Nieri; Mandeep Chima


‘Angela Bowman has a wealth of knowledge and experience when dealing with contentious probate matters. She is sensitive when dealing with family members but also maintains a professional, no-nonsense approach.’

‘Shoosmiths team know their practice area and how it applies in the charity environment. They are responsive, pragmatic and expert.’

‘Angela Bowman is extremely sensitive but is a fierce negotiator. Her ability to pull out key facts to support defensive positions helps us achieve swift outcomes.’

‘Complete mastery of the field, and an unrivalled service to clients’

‘Angela Bowman has for many years been regarded as undoubtedly the finest contentious trust and probate specialist in the region, offering a service which rivals and usually exceeds that of the top London and international firms. She is particularly valued by the most discerning of clients – charities, both national and local. The excellent senior associate Mandeep Chima is cut from the same cloth, and is carving out an excellent reputation.’

‘Shoosmiths have been more prepared than some other firms that we have dealt with, to undertake work on a pro bono basis. This has been much appreciated by us, seen as an indication of sound business acumen and genuine support for our charity and its mission. Consequently it has led to other fee paying work being awarded to the firm.’

‘Much care and attention to detail and a good business-related understanding of the operating environment we work in as a not for profit organisation.’

‘They have always provided a responsive service, often informing us of changes to charity legislation and best practice prior to others.’

‘Robert Nieri goes out of his way to explain legislation and especially how it is relevant in certain cases.’

Key clients

Age UK

St Leonard’s Hospice

Blue Cross

Cancer Research UK

Cats Protection

Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Deafblind UK

Dogs Trust

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Help for Heroes

Kidney Research UK

Macmillan Cancer Support

National Trust

Parkinson’s UK


Royal National Institute for the Blind



The Cinnamon Trust

The Donkey Sanctuary


Work highlights

  • Acted for charities in successfully averting a threatened challenge to a will on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity/ want of knowledge and approval, and so preserved for charity a residuary estate of nearly £2m.
  • Advised a charity in respect of an ambiguous bequest contained in a will which resulted in an administrator agreeing to allocate significant funds under the relevant clause.
  • Acted for charities in connection with a promissory estoppel claim against an estate by an aggrieved family member. The claim was settled upon positive terms for the charities.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The charity team at Thomson Snell & Passmore covers a wide range of practice areas for its charity clients, pulling talent to supplement its expertise in areas including general employment, dispute resolution, corporate, and commercial property matters. Head of the team Nick Hobden acts primarily on employment matters for clients in charities and education, while Douglas Skilton is highly experienced representing charities regarding IP disputes. Senior associate Clare Morison focuses on establishment of charities, as well as charity mergers and reorganisations. Senior partner James Partridge retired in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nick Hobden

Other key lawyers:

Clare Morison


‘Very professional. Listened to our concerns. Very flexible in working around our time slots. Very prompt with responses.’

‘Always responded to our concerns promptly. Partners and associates very kind and very easy to talk to. Always gave us options clear options. ’

‘Very unique experience – I never have had to chase a query; the firm was always prompt and efficient in response.’

Key clients

Avante Care & Support Limited

St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary School


VWV has established a strong reputation for its work for independent schools and charities operating in highly regulated environments such as healthcare. Additionally, it has a track record of work for local authorities and faith charities on the full range of relevant matters. Practice leader Chris Knight joined the team in May 2020 from Hewitsons. He is an expert in all areas of charity law, including governance challenges, mergers, and collaborations. Thomas Dick also joined in January 2020 from DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Chris Knight

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Dick


‘Their expertise in charity law, especially in the education sector, is strong. Partners are able to draw on experiences from a wide range of clients. ’

‘Advice given is always clear and concise. While giving alternative options for action to be taken, VWV partners are not afraid to state which they consider most appropriate.’

‘VWV are one of the foremost charity and education firms in England. Well-resourced, they have ample talent at the more senior levels and also appear to be growing in-house talent themselves.’

‘Outstanding and in-depth understanding of the school merger process. Protected our interests throughout and enabled us to emerge with the deal we wanted. On several occasions went the extra mile and worked to incredibly tight deadlines. Honest and frank in setting expectations.’

‘VWV show a great versatility to respond to our wide ranging needs, from guidance on national legislation to assisting with local trusts.’

‘Their focus on the charitable sector and the depth and range of expertise they have at partner level in order to meet the diverse legal needs of our organisation makes them unique. They are ideal for strategic decision making as their partners are highly experienced in their areas. As for most strategic legal issues, they are multifaceted and require input from lawyers with expertise in various areas.’

‘We worked with variety of partners in the firm. We found them exceptionally experienced in their respective legal areas. They also demonstrate strategic maturity in their interactions with us, resulting in receiving clear, concise and yet comprehensive advice in areas we sought assistance with. They also show meticulousness and attention to deadlines. In areas where our needs required multiple legal input from different legal backgrounds, they showed that they work well together in order to meet our needs and provide an all-rounded and comprehensive advice.’

‘The team at VWV are approachable, skillful and experts in their field. Their breadth of experience and knowledge both of charity law and the HE Sector underpins innovative, thoughtful long lasting solutions to any constitutional issue. They are in all respects a pleasure to work with and an invaluable asset to any in-house team tackling intractable governance issues. Their flexible approach to billing means that you will always get value for money.’

Key clients

Royal College of Surgeons

The Harpur Trust

Society and College of Radiographers

Institute of Cancer Research

British Science Association

World Muscle Society

Bancroft’s School

Royal College of GPs

Nuffield Health

Yusuf Islam Foundation

London’s Air Ambulance

The Engineering Council

Royal British Legion

Natural History Museum

Allchurches Trust

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Wychwood School

Work highlights

  • Provided a comprehensive governance review for Allchurches Trust, with an asset value of over £600m.
  • Advised Wychwood School on a joint venture to ensure a strong future for this Oxford independent school.
  • Involved in a £480m refinancing of a very large healthcare charity, partly engaging the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

The specialist charities and not-for-profit team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP provides advice to clients including sports clubs, parish councils, and local authorities. Newly promoted practice leader Ruo Wu advises local and international not-for-profits on areas such as governance, structuring, and mergers and incorporation. She also advises on day-to-day matters such as charity management, employment, and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Ruo Wu


‘Established, reputable, reliable and local.’

‘I worked with Ruo Wu and received comprehensive, balanced advice. Communications were comprehensive and timely.’

‘Professional, capable, personable and responsive to enquiries. Particularly supportive of our charity during its creation and subsequent growth.’

‘The specialised focus on legal requirements for charities attracted me to Field Seymour Parkes.’

Key clients

Shalford Village Hall (Surrey)

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Falkland Cricket Club Limited

Mobile Phone Museum Limited

Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust

International Pole and Line Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Mobile Phone Museum Limited on the formation and structuring of a suitable charitable vehicle. Subsequently assisted with the incorporation of this charitable company, being the first mobile phone museum in England and Wales.
  • Assisted incoming trustees with the incorporation of the Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust, and international charitable incorporated organisation.
  • For Leonard Cheshire Disability, prepared a resolution to empower incumbent trustees with the ability to represent the charity and sign legal documents.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP advises both local and national charities on a wide range of matters, led by trusts estates and tax head Nigel Roots.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Roots

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises a wide range of local and national charities, schools, and religious institutions on matters such as charity structuring and governance reviews, the powers and duties of trustees, and corporate and employment law. Practice leader Daff Richardson deals primarily with employment issues, including restructuring and redundancies. She also is experienced dealing with whistleblowing and grievances. In 2020, senior associates Sam Rose and Sarah Arnold joined the firm in Oxford and Guildford respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daff Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Sam Rose; Sarah Arnold


‘This practice is unique in the way the team works side by side with all of its partners, keeping the best interests of its clients at heart.’

‘They have a solid understanding of the charity industry and so were able to support our organisation through a turbulent time due to Covid-19.’

‘Daff Richardson is very approachable, practical, and displays great experience. Sam Rose provides consistently excellent advice.’

‘Very clear understanding of client’s needs, strategy and goals. Introduced blended billing to suit clients needs and a ‘helpline’ for supporting overflow requirements of in-house legal team.’

‘Willing to work to tight timescales and take time to understand and get to know client’s needs.’

Key clients


City & Guilds

Right to Play UK Ltd

Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind – t/a Sightsavers

The Licensed Trade Charity

World Obesity Fund

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers


Magdalen College, Oxford

St Mary’s University Twickenham

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools Elstree

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (trading as Sightsavers)  in relation to a gift of a property to the charity by a will, which leaves a right for the current occupier to reside for as long as they wish.
  • Advised CABI on changes to working arrangements on the client’s move to state of the art sustainable new premises; on the application of the CJRS (furlough leave); on appropriate Covid-safe arrangements and homeworking; in relation to UK workers visiting overseas branches and the application of travel restrictions
  • Advised The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) in relation to their constitution (a company incorporated by Royal Charter) which did not allow the holding of virtual general meetings, and changes to their Regulations in order to allow virtual a virtual AGM to take place in light of the pandemic.