Julian Smith > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co

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Julian has specialised in advising charities since 1994, and acts for a wide range of foundations and functional charities, including organisations established by statute or by Royal charter. He has particular expertise in the areas of governance, tax, investment, re-organisation and merger. He co-authored “The Charities Act 2006, a Practical Guide” and contributes to the  current edition of Tudor on “Charities”. Julian is the current Chair of the Charity law Association, and lectures on charity law at the Cass Business School. He is also a trustee of six charities.


Farrer & Co trainee (1992-94), assistant (1994-2000), partner (2000).


Executive Committee, Charity Law Association; European Association for Philanthropy and Giving


Peterhouse, Cambridge (1987-90).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

Farrer & Co’s excellent team acts for wealthy private individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect or invest in art. The first-rate team advises collectors, dealers and art advisors, and has an enviable client base of leading museums and galleries. The skilled team is also adept at handling art litigation and advising on complex art lending. Julian Smith is a well-known name for his expertise on charity law issues in the arts and heritage sector. Heads of department are Adrian Parkhouse, who leads on contentious matters relating to art and cultural property, and James Carleton, who advises on a wide range of art and cultural property matters including philanthropy. Mike Chantler is known for his work on the administration and taxation of heritage property and Rhoddy Voremberg is another key figure.

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

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