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One of the few standalone charities practices in Wales, Geldards LLP provides 'professional, efficient and effective advice' to an impressive roster of charities including Age Cymru, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and National Library of Wales. 'Responsive and very reliable' team head Giselle Davies has vast experience in the sector across a range of matters including advice on governance issues and restructuring projects; she recently advised learning disability charity, Perthyn, on changes made to its constitution including the adoption of new Articles of Association. As well as her discrete fee-earning work, Davies is also pivotal to the firm's provision and operation of a service helpline to the Welsh Sports Association.  Associate Bethan Walsh is also a key member of the team, particularly in light of her Welsh speaking ability, which she often puts to good effect in her advice to Welsh charities on governance matters and restructurings. Consultant Stephen Marshall is also recommended, while the recent arrival of Christopher Williams from Blake Morgan LLP, who heads the firm's overarching commercial group, adds further weight to the charities offering.

Benefiting from 'strong charities sectoral knowledge' as well as being able to leverage the expertise that a market-leading full-service firm is able to provide in areas including employment, public law and property law, Blake Morgan LLP is well-equipped to provide a 'very professional and helpful service' to an impressive roster of clients including Cardiff Food Bank, Ty Hafan and National Library of Wales. James Egan 'has a broad understanding of property and tenancy matters in the sector' and regularly acts for charities with large property portfolios including Tenovus Cancer Care, which he advises on issues associated with its portfolio of 66 shops based across Wales and the South West of England, as well as its warehouses and its head office accommodation. Eve Piffaretti has 'extensive knowledge and understanding of the social care charity sector and in particular mental health issues'. Public law expert Emyr Lewis  is also regularly instructed by non-Welsh charities seeking guidance on devolved Welsh law, while Paula Kathrens regularly handles charities-related employment work and is praised for her 'tactical expertise'. Christopher Williams joined Geldards LLP in December 2017.       

Headed by Emma Burns, Hugh James¬†is particularly accomplished at handling employment law matters for third sector clients.¬†Burns continues to provide employment law advice to Wales Council for Voluntary Action and for its members; recent work has included advice on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. Under the guidance of the 'considered and calm'¬†Caroline O'Flaherty, the firm also handles a raft of property matters for not-for-profit clients; she is advising Cardiff University in relation to the new Centre for Student Life in the conservation area of Park Place, Cardiff. O'Flaherty also has vast experience advising registered social landlords. Other clients include¬†Community Housing Cymru,¬†Hafan Cymru,¬†Cardiff Community Housing Association and¬†Taff Housing Association.  

Hutchinson Thomas is 'very experienced in dealing with property transactions of a charitable nature, as well as related charitable issues'. 'Experienced' team head Huw Jones provides 'practical and accessible advice' to ecclesiastical clients, particularly as they relate to property law matters - including the sale of churches and chapels and associated ecclesiastical buildings. Jones also advises the trustees of several independent chapels in property and charitable matters. The 'very impressive' Peter Morgan often handles contentious matters impacting on charitable clients of the firm including on boundary issues and the enforcement of covenants. Roger Morris handles a significant amount of work for charitable organisations, including the Neath branch of Mencap, the Scouts and many community organisations. He also regularly handles property matters for the south Wales branches of the RSPCA on property law matters.

Leveraging significant core charities expertise, on issues including governance and constitution matters, and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers within areas including property, employment and litigation, JCP Solicitors regularly handles some significant work for a growing roster of local charities. Head of commercial services at the firm, Betsan Powell regularly handles charities-related work and is able to provide advice through the medium of Welsh, should the need arise. Head of lifetime planning disputes Richard Howells has experience of representing charities in disputed or challenged legacies.

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