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Con Alexander

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Corporate Commercial and Charities




How Can Con Help You?

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

Con Alexander¬†heads the national team at VWV, which¬†acts for more than 1000 charities including national clients such as Citizen Advice and City & Guilds London Institute. It also advises a large number of charitable independent schools and major school charities such as Eton College, Rugby School and Education Development Trust. Other areas of expertise include advising local authorities on charity law and charity trusteeships. The team¬† advises faith charities as well including the Diocese of Gloucester, the Diocese of Truro and several regional Synods of the United Reformed Church. The team added¬†Paul Voller¬†to its ranks from Bircham Dyson Bell. Both Voller and associate Elizabeth Knight¬† are praised for being ‚Äėcalm and very experienced in charity law‚Äô. The group is currently advising on the restructuring of the Nightingale Fellowship and its associated charities to create a single organisation known as ‚ÄėOne Fellowship‚Äô. Birmingham Association for Mental Health, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Avon Autistic Foundation Ltd are other significant clients.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

VWV serves an impressive breadth of clients including education investors across the whole of the education sector, with expertise in real estate, governance, state aid and charity law as well as areas such as cyber security. It continues to advise Brunel University London on an array of matters including policy reviews, disciplinary and grievance issues, and other disputes. Bettina Rigg and Emma-Jane Dalley head the higher and further education teams, which have expertise in employment law as well as student pastoral and diversity matters. Con Alexander 'provides practical and easily digestible advice', and on the real estate side the 'accessible and responsive' Michael Halsey and Clive Read are other key team members.

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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 advises various national charities, such as Citizens Advice, Volunteering Matters, City & Guilds London Institute and Education Development Trust, as well as, increasingly, charitable independent schools such as Eton College and Christ's Hospital School. The firm also advises faith charities, including the Diocese of Gloucester, the Diocese of Truro and several regional synods of the United Reformed Church. Con Alexander acts for charities, academies, schools and universities, as well as social enterprises across the charity and not-for-profit sector. Emma-Jane Dalley has particular expertise in advising independent schools and further and higher education bodies, as well as charities on franchise projects overseas. The charity team made two hires in late 2017: Paul Voller joined as partner from London firm Bircham Dyson Bell in October, bringing particular expertise in the corporate and commercial aspects of the charity sector, and associate Kate Parkinson joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in November. Senior associate Rachel Tonkin and associate Laura Chesham are highly recommended.

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