Julian Smith > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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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).
Farrer & Co has an excellent reputation for its art and cultural property expertise and is best-known for its work with the international super-rich. It advises on many family trusts both in the UK and overseas. Head of department is Adrian Parkhouse who excels in art litigation, and senior associate William Charrington is also developing a strong art-related disputes practice. James Carleton advises many commercial art dealers, private owners and collectors as well as other entities such as charities and banks on cross-border art, heritage law and philanthropy. The team also has an impressive art lending practice. Bethan Waters regularly advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of finance and security where art is used as collateral. Julian Smith acts for some of the bigger historic house charities and private collections that are destined for public and charitable collections. Peter Wienand also plays a key role in this practice.
The ‘skilled and experienced’ team at Farrer & Co is ‘known for providing the highest quality legal advice to charities and the not-for-profit sector’. Anne-Marie Piper (who can ‘simplify extremely complex technical issues’) co-heads the department with Elizabeth Jones. Jones advises charities that are working internationally and continues to do a considerable amount of work in establishing corporate foundations. Its client base includes some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations and it is highly recommended for its transactional and structuring advice to charities that have extensive group, trading and constitutional structures. The team has been busy too advising on the establishment and operation of a number of high-profile corporate foundations. Another core area of expertise is advising on charity finance matters. The versatile team is also adept at handling complex disputes and at managing reputations and it is also recognised for its expertise in all areas of fundraising law and practice. Other key names in the area include James Carleton, Sam Macdonald, Julian Smith and James Maloney.
- Art and cultural property - London > Private client
- Charities and not-for-profit - London > Private client
- Hall of Fame - London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Public sector > Education: institutions
- Public sector > Education: schools
- Private client > Family
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Residential property
- Employment > Senior executives
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Employment > Employers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Real estate > Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Employment > Immigration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Real estate > Planning
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Real estate > Property finance
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration