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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP ' work in this sector covers regulatory, governance, employment and financing matters, with notable expertise working for national federations and sports charities. Senior associate Shivaji Shiva heads the practice and recently advised the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity on its compliance with the Code Governance Code for Sport. He also advised Cyclists’ Touring Club on its governance review and re-branding. Property specialist Dominic Curran advised Broadening Choices for Older People on refinancing two of its care homes. Anna Dabek is heavily involved in employment matters in this space, as is Matthew Wort . Other key figures include senior associate Phil Watts, who is experienced in charity law, and Edwina Turner, who is experienced in charity and corporate governance matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP is headed by Neil Burton who specialises commercial, governance and constitutional work. Principal associate Adam Williams  focuses on governance work and recently assisted Stratford Town Trust with restructuring its separate charitable entity the Arts House. Social finance expert Neil Pearson worked with Resonance on developing a new social funding model. Also recommended is pensions expert Clare Grice, who advised RSPB on its pension scheme.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)'  work in this space focuses predominantly on commercial and employment matters. Consultant Frances Anderson  focuses on commercial aspects relating to creative arts entities, and recently advised The Birmingham Repertory Theatre on its agreement with Birmingham City Council for the joint provision of conferencing and event services. Employment specialists Kathy Halliday  and Jane Byford  are also notable names.

Lodders Solicitors LLP is led by Mark Lewis, who has extensive experience in governance, constitutional, restructuring and general charity law. He advised Crop-Innovations on constitutional matters and the establishment of a charitable incorporated organisation. He also assisted The Grand National Archery Society on constitutional reviews to ensure its adheres to best practice in relation to UK sport. Other notable names include property specialist Steven Baker, corporate and commercial expert Victor Matts and Michael Wakeling, who focuses on dispute resolution.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  handles a range of work for charities is particularly strong in the education sector. Stratford-based Rachel Gwynne is a key figure and is an expert in corporate and governance matters. Claire Laird in the Solihull office is also a key figure and regularly advises trustees on their requirements and duties. Birmingham-based Anne Tromans  focuses on the establishment and ongoing administration of charites.

Thursfields Solicitors is led by senior associate Jenny Smith, who has extensive experience in advising on governance and commercial issues for charities. Senior associate James Monk recently joined from Eversheds, and specialises in employment matters. Senior associate Jane Rudge is also recommended and focuses on commercial work. Deaf Direct, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Worcester Volunteer Centre are key clients.

Wright Hassall LLP  is highly active in this space with a client roster that includes Leonard Cheshire Disability, The Royal Agricultural Society of England and British Dressage. Senior associate Keith Ainsworth  is a key figure and is an expert in corporate matters. Monica Macheng  focuses on the healthcare and housing sectors and recently advised Penderels Trust on its plans to dispose two of its offices and purchase a larger single unit. Also recommended is Martin Oliver , who specialises in inheritance disputes. Prisca Bradley  has joined Hedges Law .

The core areas for Band Hatton Button LLP  in this space are charity law, employment and property. Haydn Jones  heads the team and is particularly strong on property and corporate matters.  Daniel Blood  is also a key figure and handles property and landlord and tenant issues. He also acts as a clerk for the Nicholas Chamberlaine School Foundation.

Browne Jacobson LLP¬†is led by charity law specialist Catherine Rustomji, who has extensive experience in governance and regulatory matters. She assisted The James Charities with the appointment of a corporate trustee and advised Age UK South Staffordshire on governance and constitutional matters. William Colacicchi¬†is also an expert in charity law and recently advised Baron Davenport ‚Äės Charity on the status of permanent endowment investments and options available to the trustees. Also recommended are property specialist Robert Wofinden¬†and charities solicitor Vickie Hair.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Pinsent Masons LLP¬†advises charities, universities and corporate foundations, with clients that include University of London, London School of Economics and University of Sussex. Director Chris Thomas¬†leads the team, with notable strengths in tax and governance matters. Janet Hoskin¬†is also a key name, with particular expertise in tax, governance and structuring matters.

Senior associate Malford Harris  leads the team at Thomas Horton LLP  and is an expert in charity,  corporate and commercial law. Also recommended are chairman Matthew Horton  and commercial specialist Jeff Taylor .

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