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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Jo Coleman

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Charities: private wealth


Jo specialises in advising charities and those who work with charities on all aspects of charity law and regulation.

Whether establishing new charitable organisations for philanthropists, or advising national household name charities on new projects, structures or ventures, Jo delivers complex projects efficiently and in a straightforward manner to ensure her clients can achieve more for their beneficiaries. She advises across the range of charitable activity and has particular experience in advising religious bodies on restructuring and managing complex trust arrangements.

Her experience in managing charity mergers includes acting on the merger that formed Cancer Research UK, the four national Age UK charities and more recently the merger of St Mungo’s. 

With the Charity Commission becoming a more active regulator, Jo has advised numerous charities who face questions from the Commission or who are subject to a section 46 Inquiry.

Jo is the Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association. She chaired the working party on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and gave evidence to the Joint Scrutiny Committee in the House of Lords. Jo lectures on issues of charity law and writes regularly for the sector press.


Qualified Paisner & Co 1998; Farrer & Co LLP 2001 – 2010 (partner from 2009); partner IBB Solicitors 2010;  partner, Bond Dickinson 2016; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Charity Law Association.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  has a ‘very responsive team that is easily accessible even out of hours. The team’s knowledge is excellent’. Head of team is Emma Moody  who ‘wins peoples’ trust quickly’. The' approachable, pragmatic and knowledgeableJo Coleman  provides ‘well explained advice and delivers to time and within estimate’. The national team has an international reach and advises a broad range of clients such as service providers, corporate and family foundations, grant makers as well as professional societies. It has particular expertise in the education, health and care as well as the religious sectors. Highlights included advising the United Synagogue on the funding and structuring arrangements that were required to develop one of the United Synagogue’s flagship synagogues. The advice included negotiating the funding arrangements with a local charitable trust as well as advising on other issues such as the transfer of land. Gateshead College and Addaction are other major clients.

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