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Robert Meakin

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Stone King LLP

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Charity and social enterprise.


Robert is a Partner and has recently been appointed the firm’s lead partner for Catholic schools.

Robert has extensive experience in charity law and social enterprises. Recent work has included advising clients in respect of high profile charity investigations, numerous applications for charity registrations and hive off of schools from religious orders and dioceses into independent charities. 


Charity Commission legal adviser 1989-93; Lovell White Durrant 1993-95; Speechly Bircham 1995-97; Simmons & Simmons 1997-2000; publications of note: ‘Charity in the NHS: Policy and Practice’ (Jordans 1998); contributor to ‘Charities, Governance and the Law: The Way Forward’ (Key Haven Press 2003), and ‘Socially Responsible Investment: A Guide for Pension Schemes and Charities’, (Key Haven Press 2005) and “The Law of Charitable Status: Maintenance and Removal” (Cambridge University Press, 2008).


Trustee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, ACAT and the Charity Law Association.


LLB (Hons); LLM Liverpool; LLM (Medical Law and Ethics); LLM Cardiff (Canon Law); PhD Liverpool (Charity Law).


Theatre and reading.

East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Robert Meakin - Stone King LLP

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Charity, social enterprise and not-for-profit work is a core part of Stone King LLP's national practice, which operates across five offices in the UK. Cambridge is a key hub in the firm's work for clients such as Access Aspiration, Advocacy For Older People In Greenwich, Age UK Sevenoaks Tonbridge & District, Ambitious About Autism and Army Families Federation. Robert Meakin is the lead partner in Cambridge and has more than 25 years' experience in this niche area of law. His recent work includes successfully representing Cambridge Islamic College in a £5m tribunal appeal against the Charity Commission, which challenged the body's power to direct a change of name. He also acted for an international Roman Catholic order that operates care facilities for older people on matters arising from €27m in secured borrowing from AIB that it used as financial support for its operations in Ireland.

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