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Anne-Marie Piper

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Farrer & Co

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Anne-Marie is head of the Charities team. She acts for sponsors of new charities, directors, trustees and officers of existing charities and other not-for-profit bodies and individuals and companies wishing to make charitable gifts or do business with charities. She is particularly well known for her handling of difficult regulatory cases; fundraising and complex mergers, reorganisations and administrations. Founder, former secretary and former Chairman of the Charity Law Association, Anne-Marie also lectures and writes regularly on charity law subjects. She is the general editor of Charity Law (2012: European Lawyer Reference series) and a contributor to the chapter on England and Wales.


Trained at Richards Butler; called to the Bar in 1980; joined private client department, Richards Butler in 1983; requalified as solicitor; became a partner at Richards Butler in 1989; joined Paisner & Co and headed charities group from 1994–2001; joined Farrer & Co in 2001 and now heads the firm's Charities Group.


Charity Law Association


University College London, Council of legal Education.

London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Led by the 'very experienced and reliable' David Fletcher, Farrer & Co handles a 'wide-range of insolvency cases', particularly in matters which intersect with the private client and charities sectors. The team also excels at handling insolvencies involving complex trust structures and advising high-net-worth individuals during the breakdown of their marriages on insolvency issues arising out of directorships/shareholdings in companies in financial distress. Anne-Marie Piper is recognised as having a specialism in advising charities in financial difficulty, and she also acts for insolvency practitioners when they are appointed over charities.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Piper - Farrer & Co

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Anne-Marie Piper leads a strong team at Farrer & Co that has a superb client list of some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations. The group advises on the full array of matters from transactional and structuring advice through to innovative charity finance matters. It has also been advising a growing number of clients facing complex and mission-critical issues including regulatory interventions, governance failures, and corporate insolvency. It has a dedicated safeguarding unit and has immense expertise in working with major cultural organisations that are charities - it has for many years acted for a significant number of the country’s national museums and galleries. It also acts for a sizeable number of educational and religious charities. The team includes: Sam Macdonald, who advises clients on all aspects of UK charity law and related tax matters; James Carleton, who routinely advises institutional charities with significant investment assets; Elizabeth Jones, who advises charities on constitutional and governance matters; and James Maloney, who was promoted to partner in May 2018.

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