Emma Moody > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
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Charities and Not for Proft


Emma is a partner and head of the firm’s charities and not for profit team.

Emma’s clients are both national (Addaction, Katie Piper Foundation, Children in Need, Crisis UK) and regional (Mental Health Matters, Gateshead College, St John of God Hospitaller Services); and she has provided support to trustees and senior management on a variety of legal issues ranging from governance reviews and restructuring exercises, incorporations and mergers, fundraising trading and tax, and compliance with regulatory requirements. Emma is also an approved Interim Manager, appointed by the Charity Commission on cases where there are regulatory concerns relating to a charity.

Emma’s clients benefit from comprehensive advice in areas such as employment and pensions, data protection, property and health and safety.

Emma’s approach is to understand what her clients wish to achieve, so she can deliver excellent technical advice, but in a straightforward and commercial manner, focusing on solutions and outcomes.

Emma has worked on a number of college mergers resulting from a consolidation of the FE sector, she has acted as Interim Manager for a charity in relation to high profile safeguarding concerns, and is Interim Manager for a charity with internal governance issues to resolve. Emma is supporting a large membership body in its move to independence (creating an entirely new constitutional and governance framework) and is working with a significant national charity looking to develop its partnership arrangements with commercial fundraising partners.

Emma is immersed in the sector through her trustee roles, through her interaction with umbrella bodies and regulators. She is a regular speaker at events on issues affecting the sector, and is a member of bodies including ACEVO, CFG and AoC.


Trained and qualified at Farrer & Co 2002-07; solicitor, Dickinson Dees 2007; associate, Dickinson Dees 2009; director Dickinson Dees 2011; (head of team from 2012); Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Bond Dickinson 2014; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017. Trustee of Melete Foundation, Clerk Gateshead College.


Charity Law Association, Association of Colleges, ACEVO, CFG.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals)

Emma MoodyWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

With a client list that includes an array of national household name charities and not-for-profits, the Newcastle team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a key player in the sector. The team offers expertise in strategic, regulatory, governance, operational and trust issues and also offers sub-specialisms in the sectors of education, health and care as well as religion. Emma Moody  leads the practice, focusing on governance and constitutional issues for charities. Managing associate Samantha Pritchard is a key practitioner, with her practice including support with mergers and partnerships as well as governance advice on board and membership structures.

North > Public sector > Education

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s leading northern education team is noted for its ‘clarity, professionalism and integrity’ as it supports clients with a range of governance commercial and property matters. The Newcastle-based practice is particularly notable for its activity in the academy conversion market and its continued advisory work for the Department of Education. Kevin Robertson  leads the practice, he has a broad client list that includes local and central government bodies, universities, academy trusts and Diocesian bodies. Charities expert Emma Moody  is also active in the education space. Associate Peter Cantwell has expertise on the property side of public sector projects.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has overseen a number of major academy conversions and transfers in addition to advising on governance, commercial and property matters. The team is led by Kevin Robertson, who specialises in local authority and school matters including academy conversions and the Priority School Building Programme, and Iain Greenshields, who advises local authorities including a number of major city councils on construction projects. Emma Moody advises on mergers, collaborations and complex governance issues.

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has an established practice in safeguarding, governance and regulatory investigations and has particular sector expertise in education, health/care and religion. The practice acts for many household name charities and is increasingly advising government departments, local authorities and commercial bodies where charity law and governance has an impact on large-scale projects and programmes. Jo Coleman is highly regarded for her work on all aspects of charity law and governance. Emma Moody specialises in governance and constitutional issues for charities. The group is well-placed to handle matters nationally through its different offices in the UK and internationally through its US links.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides legal support to the Department for Education and advises universities on a range of matters. The team is led by Emma Moody, who handles governance reviews, fundraising and Charity Commission regulatory action, and Kevin Robertson, who advises government bodies, universities and FE colleges.