Charities and not-for-profit in Yorkshire And The Humber

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

The charity and social economy practice at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, widely regarded as being at the top of its game, advises on the full gamut of legal issues, from governance, social investment and mergers, to property, ecclesiastical, health and heritage-based matters. The firm has strong connections to key sector bodies, including the Charity Commission, which it is advising on the improvement of their systems, as well as the Charity Law Association and the Charity Tax Group. Department head Malcolm Lynch , who has now been at the firm for almost two decades, has specific expertise in the area of community benefit and co-operative societies.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Sylvie Nunn; Peter Parker; Elizabeth Wilson; Chris Billington


‘As a trustee who has used Wrigleys for charity and governance support, often on complex and very technical areas of charity law, I can say that their success is measured by them having trained staff, trustees and contractors how to apply the law practically so the need for legal support has declined. They are also seen as trusted friends by staff who are confident in relying on their advice.’

Key clients

Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches Trust Corporation Ltd

Sisters of the Cross and Passion

Leeds Cares

Asda Foundation

Lions Clubs International MD105

StepChange Debt Charity

Northern Ballet

Work highlights

  • Advising a major national charity with over 600 local branch charities, training trustees on duties and responsibilities to ensure the charity maintains the highest possible levels of governance standards.
  • Advising the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches Trust Corporation Ltd on a wide range of issues borne out of the relationship between the trustee, the charity, and the 100 churches linked to the charity.
  • Advising a global charity working to rethink, redesign and build a positive future circular economy.
  • Advising Leeds Cares, a £45m health charity, on the implementation of its new strategy and governance arrangements following its conversion to independent status.
  • Advising the Asda Foundation on a range of matters, including grant-making and governance

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's multi-disciplinary private capital department is led out of the firm's Leeds base by Pervinder Kaur. Alongside traditional charity law advice, the team has a dual focus - charities with commercial arrangements, and commercial entities entering into arrangements with charities. The team operates hand-in-hand with the wider firm, drawing on Addleshaws' considerable national and international reach. The practice's work includes advising on investigations and inquiries, such as those conducted by the Charity Commission. Kaur works alongside Yorke Eaton and legal director Charlotte Smart, who also has a focus on educational organisations.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Yorke Eaton; Charlotte Smart


‘The team is attentive, responsive and the individuals that I have been associated with are hugely supportive in both practical terms and in understanding the pressures of my sector and work environment.’

‘The team is sociable, engaged in culture and interested in the client – giving them a rounded picture.’

Key clients

National Coal Mining Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Work highlights

  • The firm has acted for the trustees of Bedingfield’s Trust for almost 20 years.
  • Continuing to provide ad hoc advice to the NFU Charitable Trust, with advice including looking at the use of the charity’s logo and name, and various sponsorship matters.


Hempsons’ charities and social enterprise team operates across the firm's four UK office, with the Yorkshire arm of the practice run out of the firm's Harrogate base. The practices combines its corporate and charities capabilities with the firm's wider expertise in health and social care. The local team is led by associate Helen Hirst, who joined the firm in 2018 from Schofield Sweeney, working in tandem with the 'very knowledgeable' national practice head Ian Hempseed  in London. The firm's credentials in the sector were underlined by its recent appointment by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as the prime contractor for GoMutual consortium to support new public service mutuals.

Practice head(s):

Helen Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Faisal Dhalla


‘A strong team, especially in the health sector.’

Key clients

AAGBI Foundation

Anchor Trust

Anthony Nolan

Autism Plus Limited

Avalon Group, The

Avenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

Avenues, Trust Group, The

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs Home


British Heart Foundation

British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Bury Hospice

Camden Society

Charities Trust

Children’s Trust

Christie Charitable Fund, The

Conservation Fund, The

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Energy Institute

Ergonomics Society

Ethos Academy Trust

European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

Foundation Trust Network, The

Francis Crick Institute, The

Groundwork North East

Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Services

International Federation of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

London’s Air Ambulance Ltd

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

National Association for Hospital Education

National Childbirth Trust


North West Air Ambulance

Outward Bound Trust

Overseas Development Institute

Pilgrim’s Hospices in East Kent

Pure Innovations Ltd

Ramblers Association

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Richmond Fellowship

Royal College of Paediatrics

Royal Exchange Theatre Company

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Pharmaceuticals Society of GB

Royal Society for Public Health

Sheffield Hospitals Trust & Related Charities

St Gemma’s Hospice

St George’s Police Children Trust

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice

Sue Ryder

Tees Valley Community Foundation

Trustees of the London Clinic Limited

Turning Point

Voiceability Advocacy

Wellcome Trust

Wilf Ward Family Trust

Wirrall Autistic Society

York Conservation Trust

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Young Foundation

Zoological Society of London

Work highlights

  • Acted for Autism Plus when it entered into a merger agreement with another charity to become a subsidiary. When later both charities decided the collaboration opportunities had not materialised, Hempsons helped terminate the merger arrangement.
  • Advised Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service on its acquisition of the Harrogate Community House Trust.
  • Developed a range of commercial agreements for Yorkshire Cancer Research to use with the various partners and sponsors so that they could benefit from working with the charity and its brand.
  • Advising Ethos Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust of alternative provision academies through a helpline service.
  • Advising the National Association for Hospital Education on its formation as a membership organisation.

Irwin Mitchell

The 'extremely professional' charities and not-for-profit team at Irwin Mitchell is based in the firm's Sheffield office, from where it serves a national client base of specialist charities of varying sizes across all sectors – from leisure to religious, heritage, education and health charities. Laurence Gavin leads the practice, which has lately been particularly busy advising education charities during mergers. Other areas of intense activity include corporate governance and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin


‘Irwin Mitchell is able to respond to any legal issue that a charity may need to take into account.’

‘The whole team at Irwin Mitchell are extremely professional – we would commend Anna Ai and Elizabeth Cook, Chloe Eyre and Amy Hollins.’

Key clients

Sheffield City Trust

Helen’s Trust

Cathedral Archer Project Limited

Sheffield Theatres Trust

Cadbury College

National Children’s Bureau (NCB)

Telford College

Wentworth Woodhouse

Work highlights

  • Providing general corporate governance advice and specific charity sector advice to Sheffield City Trust as and when required.
  • Assisting Helen’s Trust in expanding their operations, both through contractual arrangements and changes to its corporate structure.
  • Assisted Cathedral Archer Project Limited with a governing documents review to ensure that the charity could maximise its operations within the scope permitted by its charitable objects and by charity law generally.
  • Providing Sheffield Theatres with general advice relating to the operation of the charity, regularly advising on issues concerning governance and contract issues.
  • Advised Cadbury College on its acquisition by Sandwell College.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's charities and not-for-profit offering is organised among two groups across York, Leeds and Sheffield: the ecclesiastical and charities department and the charities and social enterprise Team, led by Mark Honeywell, who stepped up to lead the team on his promotion to partner last year. The former comprises a number of ecclesiastical law specialists, the majority of who also act as registrars for Yorkshire dioceses; while the latter provides 'seamless, responsive and flexible service' in matters of regulation, registration, collaborations and mergers, governance and trust law issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Honeywell

Other key lawyers:

Peter Foskett; Louise Connacher


‘The team is extremely friendly and approachable, and provides excellent advice.’

Always reassuring and you know you are in very safe hands.

‘Mark Honeywell provides expert advice around Charity Commission issues and makes his advice absolutely bespoke and appropriate to our charity.’

All of the team go above and beyond to provide a responsive and flexible service. Mark Honeywell worked with us to ensure continuity of specialist legal advice to my education colleagues when our in-house expert was on maternity leave. As part of that he based himself with us for one day a week and created a flexible and affordable approach to charging work over the period.’

‘Louise Connacher is always ready to provide practical advice, often rearranging schedules to fit in matters of urgency.’

Key clients

Province and Diocese of York

Diocese of Leeds

Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Horse Trust

St George’s Crypt

Communication Matters (ISAAC UK)

The Grammar School at Leeds

Scarborough College

Resource for Anglican Renewal Ministries

Bingley Grammar School Foundation

West Bank Park Heritage Trust

Caring for Life

Work highlights

  • Advising a school on its incorporation as a CIO.
  • Advising on a major development project.
  • Acting for a Trust on a range of legal matters.
  • Advising on the merger of two hospital charities.


McCormicks' charity and not-for-profit team offers the full range of services to clients, advising on matters relating to asset transfers, property issues, sponsorship agreements, procurement and commercial litigation. Practice head Peter McCormick continues to act as a trustee for many charities, including the Football Foundation, which which receives millions of pounds of funding from the Premier League, the Football Association and the Government to deliver community projects at grassroots level.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Lightfoot


‘A friendly and approachable team who are very effective at providing a legal service for the layperson.’

‘Peter McCormick instills confidence – he is comfortable dealing with anything we ask him to respond to.’

Key clients

Harrogate International Festivals

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation, John Strutt Memorial Foundation, John Strutt Conservation Foundation, John Strutt Charity

The Premier League Charitable Fund

War Memorials Trust

The Football Foundation

The Helen Feather Memorial Trust

The Harrogate Operatic Players

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Prince’s Trust

The Outward Bound Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Harrogate International Festivals in respect of a widely varied range of legal issues covering employment law, commercial property law and other issues as and when they arise.
  • Continue to act for the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation, John Strutt Memorial Foundation, John Strutt Conservation Foundation, and the John Strutt Charity along with other charities related to the estate of the late John Herbert Strutt.
  • Advising the Premier League on all aspects of its charitable work, including the Premier League Charitable Fund.
  • Advised the War Memorials Trust on various matters including the re-drafting of the charity’s governing document in line with an expansion of work into Scotland.
  • Act for the Helen Feather Memorial Trust, a charity based in London established to promote research into and the relief of cancer suffering.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's Hull-based charities and social enterprise team is led by Gerry Morrison. The practice draws support from the firm’s commercial, corporate, property and disputes departments, enabling it to advise its clients - which include housing associations, education providers, museums, community benefit societies and healthcare providers – on the full spectrum of their needs. Other areas of focus include advising public bodies on their relationships with external charities, as well its work with education providers and multi-academy trusts.

Practice head(s):

Gerry Morrison

Key clients

University of York Students’ Union

University of Leeds Students’ Union

Sentamu Academy Learning Trust

Goodwin Development Trust

Exceed Academies Trust

The Consortium Academy Trust

St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust

The Charity Bank Limited

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board

The Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children

The Holbeck Charitable Trust

Hull University Students Union

Halifax Bridge Club

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Yorkshire Builders Federation

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (North West) Panel

Work highlights

  • Acted for Exceed Academies Trust in respect of the re-brokerage of Harden Primary School.
  • Ongoing advice to St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Educational Trust in respect of Freedom of Information requests, dispute resolution and governance issues.
  • Advised The Family Fund Trust for Families with Severely Disabled Children in relation to updating its articles of association and in respect of its relationship with its non-charitable trading subsidiary.
  • Advised Wilson Memorial Homes Charities in relation to incorporation.
  • Advised Charity Bank Limited in respect of security documentation and completion of legal charges and related property matters.  

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The charities unit at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP assists local and regional organisations in a wide range of matters. The main area of expertise is advice in the process of obtaining charitable status, especially after refusals, when difficulties arise in demonstrating a public interest, or when aspects of the application are contended. The team also advises on the winding up and transfer of charities and in relation to Charities Act compliance. The team, led by Daniel Hammond, has a number of lawyers who act as trustees of several private and charitable trusts as well as partners in different areas, including real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, tax and commercial property.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hammond

Key clients

The Alcohol & Drug Service

Beverley Catholic Club

Bridlington Rugby Union Football Club Ltd

Cleethorpes Cricket Club

European Missionary Fellowship

Families for Individual Needs and Dignity

Forum: North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations

Grimsby Aquatics Swim Team

Hull IVF Trust

Hull & East Yorkshire Medical Research Centre (The Daisy Appeal)

Humbercare Limited

International Organisation for Medical Physics

Pickering & Ferens Homes

St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Club

The Society of Ploughmen

The Viola Trust

Tigers Sport and Education Trust

Trade Right International

United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations

Schofield Sweeney

At Schofield Sweeney, the firm has established education and academies as its sector of expertise within the charity arena, and is now developing its client base and growing with it. The team handles academy conversions, re-brokerages and reorganisations, and also offers a package to support organisations post conversion. This consists of, for example, advice relating to data protection, freedom of information, exclusions, special educational needs, litigation, commercial and procurement matters. The practice is led by commercial lawyers Chris Schofield (Leeds) and Andrew Hurst (Bradford).

Practice head(s):

Chris Schofield; Andrew Hurst


‘Welcoming, accessible, approachable, interested and pragmatic all while being professional – a challenging balance to maintain, and one Schofield Sweeney does very well.’

‘Great support in achieving deadlines and maintaining momentum when the legal process is at risk of stalling.’

Key clients

Forget Me Not Hospice, Huddersfield

Brathay Trust, Cumbria

Community Cougars Foundation, Keighley

Thackray Medical Museum

Mind in Bradford

Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust

Paces Sheffield

Christians Against Poverty

Leeds Mencap

SNOOP, Bradford

Work highlights

  • Assisted St Gemma’s Hospice with negotiating a lottery contract to be put in place with the new provider, as well as updating the joint venture agreement between St Gemma’s and the other hospice in respect of the lottery.
  • Advised Brathay Trust on the sale of land owned by MAT for development purposes.
  • Advised Community Cougars Foundation on a substantial claim against the foundation for a range of different items.
  • Advised Thackrey Museum on high profile construction advice
  • Advising Mind in Bradford in relation to relocation of office and facilities including disposal of lease dilapidation claims – new lease and extensions thereto.

Taylor Bracewell

Under Philip Crawley’s now two years’ long leadership, the charities practice at Taylor Bracewell’s has increasingly focused on education. Crawley has promoted a hands-on approach, encouraging the firm's lawyers to commit themselves to getting to know the institutions for which they work – this is achieved through pro bono projects and by spending as much time as possible at the clients’ premises to get a clear understanding of strengths and weaknesses. The team specialises in issues varying from debt collection and exclusions to full academy conversions, and is gaining a national reputation in trustee issues.

Practice head(s):

Philip Crawley

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Beck


‘The team is approachable and accessible at all times.’

‘Phil Crawley is superb. He is professional yet friendly. His advice and strategy is well thought-out. He is an asset to the firm.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in respect of a joint purchasing consortium; the first of its type in the education sector formalising procurement practices of schools that are not part of multi academy trusts.
  • Advised on the creation of a primary teaching school educational charity to take on a multimillion-pound third sector industry.
  • Represented a local charity struggling to engage new trustees to alter the charity structure to make recruitment and charity management easier.
  • Represented a client in respect of the extraction of the teaching school from a teaching school alliance and the creation of a new multi-academy trust.