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Neasa is Counsel in our Charities and Philanthropy team, which is part of the firm’s wider Private Wealth practice. She focuses her practice on the charitable sector and advises grant makers, operating charities, organisations in the public sector, commercial clients and philanthropists on charity law and practice.

She has particular experience in advising grant-makers and philanthropists, on charity law and governance, in social investment and venture philanthropy, and in acting for corporates and corporate foundations on their dealings with charities, including commercial participation and sponsorship. She also advises on technology (including cryptocurrencies and blockchain), and is interested in faith-based and interfaith charitable work, particularly in the Jewish and Catholic charitable sectors.

Neasa speaks regularly at conferences on charity law and practice and she has presented at events hosted by Philanthropy Impact, Prism the Gift Fund, Charity Finance Group and Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum. Recent topics include cryptocurrency donations, governance issues for the faith-based sector, cross-border giving, the Common Reporting Standard, political campaigning and the use of donor advised funds.

She joined Forsters in July 2019 having previously worked at Withers and BCLP.


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

The charities and not-for-profit team at Forsters LLP forms part of the firm’s private wealth practice and provides charity law advice to a wide range of clients including operational and grant-making charities, public bodies (in particular local authorities) and individuals seeking to develop their philanthropic plans. Fiona Smith heads the department that includes Neasa Coen. It has an established track record of providing charity and tax law advice to high-net-worth individuals in the context of donations and the establishment of charities.