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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Aiden Hargreaves-Smith

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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

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Partner: Aiden acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients, including major charities, diocesan boards of finance, individual parishes and clergy, bishops and cathedral chapters. His work involves the interaction of different legal disciplines, especially charity law, trust law, property law and ecclesiastical law. He has a wide knowledge and experience of the Faculty Jurisdiction and proceedings in the Consistory Court, including contested cases and exhumations. In property matters, Aiden specialises in commercial leases and licences, and has acted for many parishes considering the installation of telecommunications equipment. He also has a specialist interest in the employment status of the clergy and legislation affecting religious organisations. He is the Registrar of the Diocese in Europe and the Bishop’s Legal Secretary.


Tutor St Anselm Hall 1991-93; senior tutor St Anselm Hall 1993-98; trainee Winckworth & Pemberton 1998-2000; assistant solicitor 2000-07; partner 2007-date.


French, Italian.


Charity Law Association; Ecclesiastical Law Society (general committee); The Crown Nominations Commission; The General Synod of the Church of England; Appointments committee of the Church of England; Governor Pusey House, Oxford.


Westminster University.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

The ‘outstanding’ team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP  includes Joanna Bussell, who is an ‘excellent lawyer who has a first-class legal brain and an ability to apply a pragmatic and common-sense approach to problems’. The ‘calm under pressure’ Bussell is particularly well known for her expertise in the establishment of not-for-profit organisations to work with local authorities. Consultant Simon Randall  is ‘responsive and an excellent negotiator’. The team advises on the full array of charity issues from restructuring and governance through to trustee training. It has a particular focus on leisure, arts and cultural charities. Aiden Hargreaves-Smith  acts for a wide range of private and institutional clients including diocesan boards of finance, individual parishes and clergy as well as Bishops and Cathedral Chapters. He is well regarded for his work with ecclesiastical charities and is a trustee of several substantial charities. Imperial War Museum, Southwold and Waveney Valley Regeneration Society as well as Epping Forest District Council are all key clients.

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