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Penningtons Manches LLP

9400 GARSINGTON ROAD, OXFORD BUSINESS PARK, OXFORD, OX4 2HN, ENGLAND
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Work 01865 722106
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Fax 01865 201012
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155710 Oxford 13
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www.penningtons.co.uk

Alison Talbot

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Charities

Position

Head of the charities team - Alison specialises in charity law and governance as well as the formation of trusts and dealing with Charity Commission inquiries. She advises on charity structures and restructuring, trustee duties and charity schemes and orders. She has a particular interest in supporting charities through organisational change, disputes and distress situations. She also specialises in legacy management, advising finance departments on ways to generate income, assisting charities appointed as executors or beneficiaries of wills and managing legal and tax issues resulting from gifts to charities. Her client base is focused particularly on large national charities and the education sector and includes Oxford colleges, universities, academy schools, trusts and further education colleges.


Alison is a regular author and speaker at seminars and workshops on charity issues. She is also a CEDR accredited mediator with a keen focus on dispute resolution involving charities.

Career

Where trained: Parrott & Coales; Henmans LLP Partner from 2004; Blake Morgan LLP
Year qualified: 1998

Alison joined Penningtons Manches in 2016 from a leading regional law firm where she headed the charities team and had also been in charge of the education sector group.

Languages

English and French

Member

Memberships held: STEP diploma, Member of the Charity Law Association, CEDR accredited mediator

Current directorships: Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds, Charityworks

Education

Main secondary school attended: Thornden School and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Universities and colleges attended: University of Exeter LLB Hons 1995; Oxford Institute of Legal Practice Dip LPC


London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Alison Talbot¬†leads the charities practice at Penningtons Manches LLP. Talbot is ‚Äėextremely warm and has a great client manner but also has a fantastic depth of knowledge and an extremely tough edge when needed‚Äô. Senior associate Philip Collins¬†heads the charity litigation practice and he is described as being ‚Äėvery hard-nosed and a tough litigator who has a strong commercial background that shows through in his charities work‚Äô. Talbot has a particular interest in supporting charities through organisational change, disputes and distress situations. She also specialises in legacy management and routinely advises finance departments on ways to generate income. She also assists charities that are appointed as executors or beneficiaries of wills on how to manage legal and tax issues resulting from gifts to charities. Her client base is focused primarily on large charities and on those charities in the education sector. Major clients include Oxford colleges, universities, academy schools, trusts and further education colleges. The team has been advising PDSA on a wide variety of legacy matters. Other significant clients include the National Trust, British Red Cross, Hearing Dogs for Deaf and Care Ashore.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches LLP offers 'practical, high-quality advice' and is 'sensitive to the needs and issues of higher education', according to clients. It assists a host of UK, international and alternative providers of higher education, including with immigration issues. Hilary Aldred, who provides 'no-nonsense, practical advice', and Daff Richardson, who has a focus on disputes in this sector, co-head the department. Other noted team members include Pat Saini and Alison Talbot. Aldred leads a team that is advising Florida State University on all its UK employment matters, and in other work it is advising the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance regarding a claim from a disabled student in respect of allegations regarding his fitness to study and practice.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Penningtons Manches LLP fields 'a strong team with a lot of experience in this area of law, particularly contentious charity law work'.  Alison Talbot (whose 18 years' experience in charity law and governance matters gives her 'a great depth of knowledge') leads a team that includes Philip Collins, whose 'very strong knowledge of contentious probate issues relating to charities enables him to get to the route of issues quickly'. They were joined in 2017 by Andrew Mackie from Bircham Dyson Bell,  who has an extensive track record of charity law advice, with particular experience of NHS charity regulation and work for charities governed by Royal Charter. The practice combines strong charity and social enterprise credentials with support from practice areas such as commercial property, employment and dispute resolution to provide a wide range of services to clients including the NSPCC, Dementia UK and Save The Children. Recent highlights include advising Hearing Dogs on its merger with Hearing Link and providing advice to the trustees of a social housing provider on their powers to enter into a transaction for the acquisition of a parcel of land for development in central London. The practice has also assisted more than 35 regional and national charities with revisions to their constitutions.

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South East: Public sector

Education

Within: Leading individuals

Alison Talbot - Penningtons Manches LLP

Within: Education

Penningtons Manches LLP provides 'an excellent level of service and responsiveness, and good value for money'. The practice handles the full range of work across the higher education sector, from advising education institutions on QAA and ISI compliance and withdrawal of accreditation, to advising early-stage university spin-out companies on technology transfer and licensing agreements with parent institutions. Other areas of expertise include employment, data protection (including GDPR), and the growing sector of alternative providers of higher education. Recent highlights include advising EdTech company Classlist on a £500,000 fundraising, and acting for St Peter's College, Oxford on its £4.1m acquisition of three buildings adjacent to the college. Practice head Daff Richardson is 'incisive, professional and very responsive'; her track record in the higher education sector reassures clients, who value her 'knowledge of the key people, awareness of the history or politics behind a particular problem area, and detailed understanding of the statutes and bylaws'. Alison Talbot has 19 years' experience in charities law and governance and is also highly recommended.

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