Geoff Trobridge > Lester Aldridge LLP > Bournemouth, England > Lawyer Profile

Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Charities and social enterprise; Data protection


Geoff Trobridge is a Partner in the Charities & Social Enterprise team and our Data Protection officer.

Whether you are a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation, club or association, Geoff can advise you on all aspects of charity and company law. Geoff has a particular specialism in healthcare charities and care homes.

Geoff can support you right from the outset, setting up your organisation to ensure it has the optimised legal structure alongside the right governing document. Geoff can arrange registration with the Charity Commission and your on going regulatory requirements such as the sale or mortgaging of land; trustee duties and liabilities; fundraising; restructuring, mergers and collaborative working or winding up.

Geoff trained and worked as a company and commercial solicitor before joining the Charity Commission as an in-house lawyer in 2001. He became the head of the Legal Framework Function in the Taunton office of the Commission until 2005 when he joined our team.

GeofTrobridge is a qualified data protection practitioner and can assist businesses with the new data protection regulations and help avoid the sanctions imposed by the increased enforcement powers.


Trained Simpson Curtis, Leeds; qualified 1981. Geoff trained and worked as a company and commercial solicitor before joining the Charity Commission as an in house lawyer in 2001. He was subsequently the deputy head of the Legal Framework Function in the Taunton office of the Commission, dealing with all aspects of the registration and regulation of charities. In 2005 he rejoined private practice as head of a charities and social enterprise team in the South West. Partner Lester Aldridge LLP 2010. Current directorships: Trustee of the Dorset Community Foundation.


Charity Law Association, Almshouse Association


Torpoint and Saltash Comprehensive Schools; University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1976 LLB); Wadham College, Oxford (1978 BCL).


Fly fishing, and unpaid stable hand to his son’s livery/dressage training business.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Lester Aldridge LLP acts for a number of local and regional charities, focusing on providing specialist advice on the registration of new charities, governance and regulatory issues. A specialism of the team is in advising healthcare charities. Geoff Trobridge, who heads up the charities team, also has expertise in charity mergers and restructurings.

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

In Bournemouth, Lester Aldridge LLP has a full-service corporate team which is geared towards advising regional SMEs and owner-managed businesses, although it also has significant experience with corporate clients. The group is led by corporate and commercial expert Grant Esterhuizen, whose practice spans joint ventures, commercial agreements and M&A, particularly in relation to the IT sector. Geoff Trobridge is an experienced commercial lawyer who has developed a niche in charities, social enterprises and data protection. Susan Cowan is a specialist in matters arising from the healthcare sector. In July 2019, Dean Drew joined the group from Irwin Mitchell and focuses on M&A transactions; an area associate Alexandra Clapp is also noted for.