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Lawrence Simanowitz

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Bates Wells

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Charity and social enterprise.


Specialist in advising UK and international charities, arts and media organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises including their establishment, regulation (including regulatory investigations), campaigning, governance, mergers and incorporations, fundraising and financing and commercial agreements. Recently advised the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on its international network of charities, several major UK clients on their funding agreements with public authorities, established the Elders Foundation as a UK charity and advised on its international structure and key strategic and legal issues. UK external counsel to several of the largest US not for profit organisations. Additional areas of expertise include data protection and information law, intellectual property and IT – advising clients on rebranding, licensing and assigning copyright and trade mark rights, including recent rebrand of major international aid and development charity and advising leading national disability charity on dispute over ownership of its database; also advised a household name environment charity on compliance issues.


Parliamentary researcher 1986-88; television researcher 1988-91; producer and director television documentaries (BBC and C4) 1991-96; trained as solicitor Lewis Silkin; qualified 2000; solicitor Bates Wells Braithwaite 2000-06; partner 2006 to date; contributor to ‘Jordan’s Charities Administration Service’; ‘Cultural Giving’; ‘Charities, Trading and the Law’; ‘Business Law: a guide for entrepreneurs’; ‘The Charities Acts Handbook: A Practical Guide’; and ‘Data Protection for voluntary organisations’.




The Law Society; Charity Law Association. Board memberships: Fundraising Standards Board; 38 degrees Trust. Chair: The Urdang Academy of Dance.


Sylvan High School; John Ruskin High School; St Peter’s College, Oxford (1986 2(1) politics, philosophy and economics); College of Law (1997 CPE; 1998 LPC).

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Lawrence Simanowitz - Bates Wells

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells has a large and dedicated charities practice that handles the full array of matters. The first-class team has recently been advising on various safeguarding matters as well as on some of the most complex and high-profile matters for household name organisations. The department also continues to advise many important charities on highly confidential pre-investigation compliance cases as well as investigations by the Charity Commission. The well-regarded Philip Kirkpatrick heads the charities and social enterprises department which includes: Rosamund McCarthy, who has a high profile in the charity sector acting for top 100 charities on governance and complex regulatory matters; Lawrence Simanowitz, who has a strong presence in the environment sector; newly-promoted senior partner Stephanie Biden, who is 'thorough, hardworking and efficient'; Thea Longley, who covers start-ups, constitutional advice (including restructuring), and governance reviews; Abbie Rumbold, who specialises in establishing charities created as spin-outs from the public sector; 'bright and astute' Laura Soley, who leads the firm’s expert trusts and legacies group; Erica Crump, who leads the culture and creative cross-departmental team; senior associate Pippa Garland; and associate Lucy Rhodes. Louise Haran, Victoria Schneider and Mathew Healey were all promoted to the partnership.

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