Chris Rowse > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Charity and social business


Chris is a partner in the charity and social business team.

Chris specialises in providing complex legal and strategic advice to charities.  His clients include ‘household name’ charities, as well as smaller voluntary bodies. He advises on diverse issues, including governance issues, commercial contracts and other agreements, constitutions (including for charities established by Royal Charter or statute), trading and fundraising, establishing new charities, regulatory matters involving the Charity Commission, joint ventures and other collaborations and mergers. Chris has particular expertise in advising clients working internationally.


Chris trained and qualified at Withers LLP and worked in their charity and philanthropy team from 2007. In 2014 Chris joined Russell-Cooke and he became a partner in the charity and social business team in 2017.


Charity Law Association


Chris has a degree in law and history from Trinity Hall, Cambridge (2002)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Russell-Cooke LLP is particularly recommended for its work at advising on charity mergers and the restructuring of charities. Under the leadership of Andrew Studd the practice is increasingly becoming known for its work at supporting charities in financial difficulties. It also continues to advise charities with unusual governance structures such as charities governed by Acts of Parliament, Royal Charter and Charity Commission Schemes. Chris Rowse is experienced at advising on international projects and James Sinclair Taylor is another name to note for his work on sensitive contractual, funding and risk management issues.