Harriet Morgan > Geldards LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Geldards LLP
Capital Quarter No.4
Tyndall Street
CF10 4BQ

Work Department

Commercial Property


Harriet is head of the Charities and Third Sector team, a specialist in charity property. She is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories as a Leading Individual. She regularly advises a broad range of local and national charities on property and governance matters. She also advises on charity structures and incorporations, as well as group structures for housing associations and charities with trading arms. Charities that Harriet acts for include; English and Welsh housing associations, the Royal Voluntary Service, Arts Council of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Assemblies of God Churches, and the Church in Wales.

Harriet advises churches of all denominations, specialises in Ecclesiastical law, and is the Registrar of the Diocese of Llandaff in the Church in Wales. She advises churches on incorporating to become charitable companies or CIOs, guiding them through the process of registration at the Charity Commission and the transfer of assets, as well as on constitutional and property issues.

Harriet’s work in the Housing sector includes advising general needs housing associations on residential and mixed-use developments, social and intermediate rented properties as well as low cost home ownership. Supported living structures and developments are a niche area of expertise.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Real estate > Commercial property

(Next Generation Partners)

Harriet MorganGeldards LLP

Led by Susanne Bradley , the ‘professional and personable‘ team at Geldards LLP provides ‘efficient and timely‘ advice to a balanced roster of stakeholders, including developers, investors and end-users. Strong and established ties with public and third sector clients continue to generate a significant volume of business, including Bradley’s recent work for Torfaen County Borough Council on the development and delivery of a multimillion-pound sixth form college in Cwmbran. As well as his broader lease and development expertise, Mike Jeffs provides ‘reliable and efficient‘ advice to both borrowers and banks on secured lending matters. Appreciated for his ‘calmness and attention to detail‘, Ioan Owen has a thriving landlord and tenant practice in the office and retail sector.  Of the more recently promoted partners, Harriet Morgan has niche expertise in charity property law and Adam Thomas has developed expertise across all aspects of portfolio and estate management.

Wales > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Leading individuals)

Harriet MorganGeldards LLP

Geldards LLP has a ‘long history of excellence‘ advising charities and not-for-profit organisations throughout Wales and England on their core governance needs and across their commercial requirements, including on employment, real estate and corporate matters. As well as advising on core governance issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including many religious charities, ‘accessible and extremely knowledgeable‘ team head Harriet Morgan also leverages her broader property bona fides to provide an ‘extremely responsive service‘ to clients within the social housing sector, as well as more generally to clients in relation to their property portfolios. Senior associate Bethan Walsh  is ‘highly organised and efficient‘ and has a strong grounding in charity governance, charity formations, charity mergers and charity trading matters for Welsh clients, which she is also effectively able to advise in the medium of the Welsh language. Giselle Davies is a ‘trusted expert on charity matters‘ and continues to provide vital input to clients in her role as a consultant.

Wales > Real estate > Social housing

Drawing upon the expertise of practitioners from across the firm’s full-service offering, including commercial property, banking, planning and employment, Geldards LLP has an ‘excellent reputation for delivering a high level of service‘ to a sizeable roster of Wales-based housing associations. The team’s core expertise and where it adds particular value, however, is by virtue of its broader knowledge of charities law, enabling it to provide a holistic service which is cogniscant of governance issues for clients in the space. Combining a compelling mix of charities law and commercial property expertise, team head Harriet Morgan exemplifies this approach and as well as advising on pure governance matters, has also developed a particular niche advising on supported living housing models.