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Con Alexander

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Charities and not for profit 




Con has advised charities of all kinds for more than 15 years and specialises in helping clients with the governance and the strategic challenges that they face. His aim is always to provide clients with the right advice at the right time, while always acknowledging that our quality of service depends not only on our understanding of the law and regulation, but also on our commerciality and ability to think creatively and pragmatically.

Meeting Your Needs

Con acts for clients across the charity sector, from small social enterprises to universities and charities operating nationally and internationally.

He trained and practised as a tax lawyer with Linklaters before deciding that he wanted to advise charities; but his early experience in advising on tax taught him to analyse issues for clients in a way which helps to give them the information they need in order to assess risk and make other decisions.

Con is particularly interested in the way in which organisations change over time, the importance of the relationship between trustees and senior management and collaboration between organisations.

Con is recommended within the Citywealth Leaders List which recognises the best advisors for private wealth management, charity and private client work.

What Others Say

"His particular skill is demystifying complex legal wording and focusing on what matters"

"Con Alexander maintains a stellar reputation within the charities sector, particularly in the area of complex governance matters. Clients are confident that he possesses the energy, enthusiasm and deep understanding, to provide helpful advice across a range of charity issues". One source enthuses: "He has underpinned our charitable growth for many years and I can't speak more highly of him'' - Chambers & Partners

"deeply knowledgeable, technically perceptive, commercially aware and willing to go the extra mile" - Chambers & Partners


Con was previously a partner with charity law firm, Bates Wells and Braithwaite. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and has sat on a number of CLA working parties. Con is also the author of 'Charity Governance' (published by Jordans) and leads on our contribution to Jordans' Charity Administration Service.

He is a trustee of Wildscreen and a governor of the Cabot Learning Federation (a multi academy trust which operates a group of academies in the South West).

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Con Alexander - VWV

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

VWV acts for a large number of educational charities acting for over 30 universities and 750 charitable independent schools. Other specialisms lie in advising charities in the healthcare, religious and arts sectors. In addition the experienced team does a significant amount of work for high-profile individuals in relation to their personal charitable work. The team advises on the full gamut of issues from governance to fundraising and insolvency issues and is also skilled at advising public bodies (such as local authorities) on charity law and charity trusteeship. Con Alexander is a key contact and his work includes advising on major transactions, endowment funds and fundraising issues. Shivaji Shiva joined the Birmingham office from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Con Alexander - VWV

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

VWV specialises in advising healthcare, arts and educational charities. The firm regularly advises on structural reviews, commercial projects, use of trading subsidiaries as well as on governance and fundraising issues. Other areas of expertise include advice on employment law, tax planning, construction and financing matters. The ‘calm, reflective and well-reasoned’ practice head Con Alexander gives ‘helpful advice’ when acting for charities, academics, schools and universities on transactions, endowment funds, fundraising, mergers, and the restructuring of subsidiaries. Senior associate Rachel Tonkin assists with charity tribunal proceedings and cross-border transfers of charitable assets. Senior associate Laura Chesham has expertise in the registration and incorporation of charities.

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