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Hewitsons

ELGIN HOUSE, BILLING ROAD, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 5AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01604 233233
Fax:
Fax 01604 627941
DX:
15623 NORTHAMPTON 3
Email:
Web:
www.hewitsons.com

Chris Knight

Tel:
Work 01604 233233
Email:
Hewitsons

Work Department

Charities team

Position

Head of charities team. Advises all charities, particularly large complex service delivery organisations, as well as schools and social enterprises on technical statutory issues, constitutional matters, governance, operational management, Charity Commission regulation, trading, fundraising, business collaborations, contracts, joint ventures, charity collaborations and mergers. Chris also works from the firm’s Cambridge, London and Milton Keynes offices.

Career

Qualified 1994;Gray’s Inn. Practised as Barrister 1994-2009: 1994-2001 in Chambers; 2001-07 in-house with Anthony Collins Solicitors; 2007 to date with Hewitsons LLP becoming solicitor and partner in 2009.

Member

Charity Law Association.

Education

Berkhamstead School; York University (1991 Politics with Economic and Social History); Holborn Law College (1993 CPE), Inns of Court School of Law (1994 Bar Vocational Course); CLT (2009 qualified lawyers transfer test).

Leisure

Trail running, cycling.


East Anglia: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Hewitsons has a diverse range of clients that includes schools and FE and HE colleges. Head of the charities and education practice Chris Knight now works predominantly from the Northampton office but spends time in Cambridge to advise the firm's university, school and college clients. The firm's services include charity law and governance, data protection advice, dispute resolution, employment, environmental law, pupil issues and M&A. James Simpson and Susanne Hinde frequently work on property matters for clients in the education sector, while Andrew Priest handles commercial matters.

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East Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Knight - Hewitsons

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‘range of expertise is outstanding’ at Hewitsons, with the team acting for a host of service-providing, corporate, grant-making and education charities, in addition to various other non-profit organisations. Practice head Chris Knight deploys his ‘vast knowledge of the charity sector’ in governance, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The group is also experienced in handling mergers and redevelopments.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Hewitsons' multi-faceted practice covers areas such as data protection, development and construction, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory advice for clients. It is also adept in independent school mergers and acquisitions, as well as single and multi-academy conversions. Practice head Chris Knight advises a number of clients from the charity sector on education-related issues.

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