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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains the top firm in the charities and social enterprise space, advising clients on the full range of matters including governance, tax, fund-raising, mergers and reorganisations, and the creation and registration of new entities. Frequently called upon to advise the government on legislation and policy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We wouldn't use anyone else. They are incredibly client-focused, and fully understand our complex organisation and needs."

Breadth of services: "A top-tier firm. The breadth and depth of their knowledge is outstanding, and they are great to work with."

Industry knowledge: "Their knowledge of and commitment to the charity sector is unrivalled."

What's new? New clients include British Museum Friends, the Cabinet Office and World Child Cancer.

Work highlights Represented long-term client Citizens Advice in a variety of matters, including its acquisition of the government's Consumer Direct service from the Office of Fair Trading.

Advised the Cabinet Office on its statutory review of the Charities Act 2006.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Lloyd receives tremendous praise for his "innovative thinking" and for having "made a huge contribution to the sector as a whole." One peer notes that "he always springs to mind in a conflict situation when the client wants the best." Lloyd recently advised the Cabinet Office on its statutory review of the Charities Act 2006, including the remuneration of trustees as well as fund-raising.

"Very thoughtful and very analytical," Julian Blake is highlighted for the way in which he "goes back to first principles and explains things to people very clearly." He was a key partner in the firm's aforementioned representation of Citizens Advice.

The "excellent" Philip Kirkpatrick is widely admired for his market standing in the charities sector. He worked alongside Julian Blake to lead the team on the Citizens Advice matter.

Clients praise Rosamund McCarthy for her "deep understanding of the charities world and environment," and for her high level of client service. Sources also highlight her "incredible professionalism and diligence," as well as her "ability to cut to the chase on complex issues." She continues to represent a broad range of charities, including the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and British Museum Friends.

Lawrence Simanowitz has acted on a number of the firm's key work highlights over the past year. He has led the firm's work for the NSPCC, and advised Morgan Stanley on the funding aspects of the construction of the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.

Thea Longley is held in the highest regard for her "expert work, rapid responses, diligence, outstanding customer service and friendly and flexible attitude." She recently led the firm's work in relation to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, including advising on its formation.

Abbie Rumbold is noted for her "very hands-on and practical knowledge of social enterprise and formation." She is highlighted for her involvement with various working groups which, according to clients, has provided her with "a deeper understanding of issues beyond just the legal side."

Significant clients Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, NSPCC, RSPCA, Samaritans, YMCA England.

Since publication, Stephen Lloyd has passed away.

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Celebrated advisers to a range of well-known charitable organisations. A cross-practice team acting on the full range of matters, including procurement, reorganisations and acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Their knowledge of the industry is just fantastic. They have the ability to advise charities of any size, small or large, and always go the extra mile, including hosting events which allow you to meet others in the sector and network." 

Client service: "An excellent firm: large enough to be authoritative and small enough to give personal service."

What's new? New clients include Ataxia UK, British Association of Spine Surgeons and the Institute for Philanthropy.

Work highlights Assisted the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving with its acquisition of Philanthropy UK, and the subsequent restructuring of the merged organisation.

Supported the Plymouth Brethren before the Public Administration Select Committee after the Charity Commission denied it charity status, citing concerns over its 'doctrine of separation'.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Brinsden receives effusive praise from peers and clients alike, with one interviewee saying: "He is just wonderful: patient, understanding and incredibly knowledgeable about the charity sector." Another describes him as "commercial, practical, highly responsive and a pleasure to deal with."

Simon Weil is recognised as being extremely capable in charity matters, particularly those involving trusts, wills and complex tax matters. 

The "formidable" Penny Chapman heads the department. She focuses on a wide spectrum of charitable cases and is described by her peers as a worthy opponent with "very strong technical abilities."

Significant clients St John Ambulance, The British Film Institute, The BBC Children in Need Appeal, Stonewall, Relate.

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team, supporting prestigious charity clients. Often works in concert with other departments to offer a one-stop service. Strong links with educational institutions such as Oxford and the leading independent schools.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Many law firms look to the law rather than the commercial reality - this firm focuses on that commercial reality and makes it happen."

Client service: "They deal very well with different clients and can adapt their style accordingly.

What's new? New client wins include Golden Lane Housing, the Internet Watch Foundation, Teacher Support Network and The TPO Foundation.

Work highlights Advised the Lawn Tennis Association on the structuring of a new generation of Performance Centres geared towards supporting the development of top junior tennis players in the UK.

Advised the Plymouth Brethren in an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal challenging a decision by the Charity Commission not to award charity status to the sect.

Notable practitioners  

Anne-Marie Piper heads the team and is particularly renowned for her work on mergers, reorganisations and insolvencies of groups, both charitable and social. Clients admire her "good handle on charity law" and describe her as "a very knowledgeable person," while peers admit that they "would turn to her in a conflict situation."

Julian Smith specialises in work encompassing higher education and related charities, particularly working with complex matters concerning spin-off organisations. He also advises on the structuring of investments. Clients are quick to point out his "exceptionally clear thinking," while also highlighting his ability to "look at the whole picture, identify the legal issues and create workable solutions."

The "extremely competent and experienced" Sam Macdonald is admired by clients and peers alike for his technical accuracy and compassionate client care. Clients describe him as "prompt, courteous and efficient." He continues to be involved in educational matters, and alongside this work has recently acted on the ground-breaking public benefit appeal case by the Plymouth Brethren, the first case since the Charities Act 2006 to consider the charitable status of religious bodies.

Significant clients Age UK, Royal British Legion, University of Oxford, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Church Commissioners.

Band 2 | Stone King LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Charity and social enterprise department advising heritage institutions, religious groups and leading national charities on a diverse array of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Stone King is extremely reliable. The team is absolutely brilliant: first-class charity lawyers."

Clarity: "They have great clarity in their analyses."

What's new? New clients include World Energy Council, Youth United Foundation, Michelmores and Book Aid International.

Work highlights Advised Defra on the charity law aspects of the significant transfer of British Waterways' assets into the charity sector.

Assisted with the establishment of Youth United Foundation, advising on governance and negotiating grant agreements with sponsors. This charity is the first of its kind, with government giving a significant grant to a charity to distribute between youth organisations.

Notable practitioners  

The "superb" Jonathan Burchfield is "a pleasure to deal with," sources say. Clients say they "value his wise head and encouragement of prudent risk-taking in a sector that is risk-averse."

The "exceptional" Michael King is "a wonderful charmer and a great ambassador," sources say. Clients like that he is "calm, vastly knowledgeable and always happy to help."

Ann Phillips is "lucid not only on paper but also in person." An authoritative market presence, she was recently instructed by the National Maritime Museum to advise on the re-opening of the 'Cutty Sark' in Greenwich, providing novel management solutions. 

Stephen Ravenscroft is described as "an excellent person to have by your side." He was part of a team that advised Defra on the transfer of British Waterways to the charity sector.

Significant clients National Maritime Museum, Save the Children International, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, Lloyd's Register Foundation, Heythrop College.

Band 2 | Withers LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 5 associates  

What the team is known for Stands out for its expertise in healthcare and education. A popular choice for US-UK charity issues. Also advises on offshore trusts and other international issues affecting charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is personable and approachable."

Work highlights Advised Cancer Research UK on its involvement in the Stand Up To Cancer national Telethon, which raised over £8 million for cancer research projects.

Advised the Community Foundation Network on the terms of its participation in the government's £50 million Community First match funding scheme.

Notable practitioners 

Alison Paines heads the department and has experience in advising government departments and quangos. Clients say they have "immense trust in her," and characterise her as being "highly technically able."

Chris Priestley acts for a number of high-profile clients. Sources describe him as "very switched on," and praise his ability to "drill into exactly what clients need." 

Paul Hewitt heads the firm's work on legacy income for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Clients say he is "an absolute expert in his subject," as well as "extremely hard-working."

Clive Cutbill leads the international philanthropy practice. He has almost three decades of experience in advising charities and those who contract or donate to them. Clients particularly recognise him as "an expert in cross-border work."

Significant clients Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, The Tate, Girl's Day School Trust, British Red Cross Society.

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly proficient in large-scale transactions. Sought out by philanthropists, charities and private clients for innovative tax relief and structuring advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "The team has a complete command of the relevant charity and trust law."

Work highlights Advised on the merger of charitable care homes Nightingale and Hammerson House in relation to Charity Commission, FSA and Care Quality Commission regulations, creating a charity with combined net assets of more than £52 million. 

Advised The Jewish Community Centre in Finchley Road on all aspects of its proposed activities and particularly in relation to corporate tax. 

Notable practitioners 

Janet Turner QC has recently been appointed as head of the charities team. Clients appreciate her grasp of complex matters and her strong knowledge of the Charities Commission. 

Name partner Martin Paisner's charities work is informed by his background in advising private clients, and he has amassed a strong following. According to sources, he "offers utter integrity and is generous with his time."

Associate director Neasa Coen "takes the time to understand us as clients as well as probing to ensure that she provides advice which is relevant to our situation," sources say. Her recent highlights include advising on the complex Nightingale and Hammerson House care home merger.

Significant clients University of Cambridge, Wolfson Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Tesco.

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A celebrated group acting for well-known clients, including big-name educational, military and health charities. Also supports satisfied private clients in relation to various charity concerns.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They do an absolutely marvellous job. The work is unique and they really excel."

Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and they have answers no matter what the issue is."

Work highlights Advised the National Museum for the Royal Navy on its acquisition of 'HMS Victory' from the Secretary of State for Defence. 

Advised the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund on its £7.4 million transfer to the RNRMC charities group, and subsequently on governance and fund-raising issues.

Notable practitioners 

"Extremely experienced" department head Michael Scott wins plaudits from clients, who say "his knowledge is unparalleled." "He is always willing to provide opinions, he's very user-friendly and he will provide us with his view concisely," reports one interviewee.

Significant clients City and Guilds of London Institute, Eton College, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, British Computer Society, Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Band 3 | Hempsons

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Charities and social enterprise team advising mostly health and social charities. Supported by deep NHS expertise at a national level. Also supports a range of ex-quangos, heritage groups and national fund-raising charities within and without the medical research space.

Work highlights Advised Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation on taking the secretarial function in-house for all of the group companies.

Advised the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in relation to a governance review, working with the College's Chief Executive and Officers to rewrite the College's regulations.

Notable practitioners 

Ian Hempseed heads the team and is "personable, flexible and responsive," as well as "an exceptional thinker" with "great intelligence," say interviewees. Clients cite his "ability to get complex matters across to the client" as a key reason for instructing him.

Significant clients Arthritis Research UK, Zoological Society of London, National Childbirth Trust, Royal British Legion, Royal College of Radiologists.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a range of health and social care charities, as well as heritage groups and royal charter organisations on M&A, governance and reorganisation tasks. Also noted for its good track record on contentious work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They have an overall system that provides excellent service from the moment an enquiry or piece of work is submitted to them to the final billing." 

Efficiency: "They have the right balance between light touch and detailed analysis, and know when to alert us to high risk issues."

What's new? Attracted a number of new clients, including St Wencelas House and Centre for Justice Innovation.

Work highlights Represented Prostate Cancer UK in relation to a merger with Prostate Action, advising on employment and TUPE as well as potential structures for the merged organisation. 

Advised Postal Heritage Trust on the renegotiation of its funding arrangements with Royal Mail Group and the Post Office, negotiating with varied stakeholders including the government.

Notable practitioners 

James Sinclair Taylor leads the team at Russell-Cooke. He has "huge experience of the voluntary sector" and a "range of skills in advising voluntary organisations," and is described by clients as "personable and committed" and "an extremely bright lawyer."

Andrew Studd is characterised by clients as a friendly and efficient charities lawyer with a strong client care ethic. Clients particularly praise his "ability to have an honest conversation that leads to easy decision-making."

Significant clients Movember, Unicef, Prostate Cancer UK, Family Action, Hestia Housing and Support.

Band 3 | Wilsons

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for One-stop shop for charity clients, advising on the full spectrum of regulatory, employment, governance, funding and transactional issues. Also offers the support of a contentious trusts and probate team. Enjoys a particular following among military, education and care home charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are friendly, professional solicitors who deliver good-quality work."

Client service: "The team is solid, dependable and available, and always easy to deal with."

Work highlights Advised the Board of King Edward VII Hospital Sister Agnes in relation to a proposed merger with Nuffield Health. 

Advised new armed forces and mental health consortium the Forces in Mind Trust on EU public procurement regulations, research contracts, investment options and a memorandum of understanding with the Foundation of Prince William and Price Harry.

Notable practitioners 

Moira Protani has extensive experience of charity law. Clients describe her as "very proactive," saying: "She makes sure that we know what we are doing before we even ask."

Fiona Campbell-White regularly impresses clients, who note that she is "highly effective and dependable," and "stands head and shoulders above many of her contemporaries at the most pre-eminent City law firms."

Band 4 | Edwin Coe LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated charities team with a broad offering to clients. Particularly noted for philanthropic work and its links to Africa.

Work highlights Advised the Golden Helix Foundation on establishing a UK charitable arm and on developing links with other researchers and funders in this field in the UK.

Advised the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences concerning a major pan-African educational initiative with cross-border tax issues.

Notable practitioners 

Clients describe department head David Goepel as "highly intelligent," "kind, friendly and a pleasure to work with." He recently advised on the formation of the Arts and Ideas Trust to support art projects at the Hay-on-Wye festival.

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Charities law group drawing on firm-wide expertise in media law. Sought out for its brand management and brand protection expertise, and for its commercial advice on the use of new technologies. Also advises a number of charities associated with royals.

Work highlights Advised the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust on its incorporation and registration, and on subsequent fund-raising and operational issues.

Advised the governors of Ibstock Place School on its demerger from The Froebel Trust and its subsequent transfer to a new charity.

Notable practitioners  

David Scott heads the team.

Significant clients Comic Relief, Virgin Unite, Big Change Charitable Trust, Forward Internet Group, Malaria No More UK.

Band 4 | Hunters

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners 
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated charities group advising an eclectic mix of charities clients, including health groups, trade associations, religions and emergency services companies on a wide array of issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They care about the job that they do and they care immensely about their clients."

Work highlights Acted for the Metropolitan Police Sports Club in Chancery proceedings initiated by the Metropolitan Police Authority which threatened the club's survival.

Advised Goldman Sachs (Europe) vice chairman Lord Griffiths on the establishment of a Christian charity focused on the alleviation of third world poverty.

Notable practitioners 

Team head and senior partner Paul Almy is "charming, extremely enthusiastic and extremely hard-working," and is singled out by clients as a "very sharp" charities lawyer who "knows what he is doing."

Significant clients Licensed Trade Charity, Little Sisters of the Poor, Richard Ormonde Suttleworth Remembrance Trust, Railway Convalescent Homes, White Fathers.

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 1 consultant
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises charities on a range of operational matters, including employment law, real estate and litigation. Clients include grant foundations, healthcare charities and advocacy groups.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Everyone works hard on their clients' behalf and there is remarkable team work as they draw in help from different experts to make sure you find the right solution to any challenge."

Client service: "Even if the work is pro bono, you will receive prompt service, attention to detail and patient, smiling faces."

What's new? Continues to attract prominent new clients, including The Royal Parks Foundation.

Work highlights Helped establish the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Foundation, and advised on subsequent fund-raising matters.

Offered tax advice to the Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust in relation to a joint venture between the charity and Boodles, under which the latter would sell jewellery and donate the proceeds to GREAT. 

Notable practitioners  

Department head Helen Darling is the key contact.

Significant clients Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust, The Savoy Education Trust, The International Pediatric Association, The UK Board of Sharia Councils, The Trustees of Camellia Foundation.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist team focused on chartered institutes of professionals. Advises on high-value transactions and tax planning for private clients and charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "It is a specialised firm that knows its specialist area very well."

Work highlights Advised Legal Education Foundation on the sale of the entire education business of the College of Law to Montagu Private Equity. 

Notable practitioners 

Team co-head Jennifer Chambers "knows what she is doing and is highly efficient," clients say. Interviewees add that she is "very thorough and clear in her advice."

Clients also praise Emma-Jane Weider, with one interviewee saying: "She understands us very well and is always very helpful and happy to talk to us."

Significant clients The Leverhulme Trust, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Chartered Management Institute, 9/11 Project.

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Inter-departmental group of charities-focused lawyers advising internationally recognised charities on pensions, data protection and estate planning. Also advises on the full range of transactional and employment matters affecting charities.

Work highlights Acted for the Design Museum on all aspects of its relocation from Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street.

Notable practitioners 

Department head John Ward draws on his experience as a trustee when advising charities on a broad range of issues related to their operating effectiveness.

Significant clients Barnardos, Design Museum, RSPCA, RSPB, English National Opera.

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected advisers to a number of large, fee-charging charities with high turnovers, including many that deliver public services. Clients include social care charities and leisure centres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Trowers & Hamlins is outstanding as a firm. Their attitude and way of engagement is second to none. They are forever available."

Work highlights Advised on the merger of Careers Development Group with the Shaw Trust, a large welfare to work and disability charity, providing advice on a variety of contractual and procedural issues.

Notable practitioners  

Charities head Ian Davis is described as "very engaging and professional." "He gives clear, commercial and pragmatic advice, is easy to deal with, does not sit on the fence and responds promptly," say clients.

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What the team is known for Large group advising leisure centres, local authorities, exempt charities and religious groups on a broad range of issues. Esoteric expertise in ecclesiastical law brings in work from major Church of England bodies. Also focused on social enterprise work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Responsiveness: "Its advice is always accurate, helpful and prompt." 

Work highlights Advised Friends of the Cotswolds on the freehold purchase of The Old Prison, Northleach, and on liaising with the Charity Commission to expand states objects.

Advised on the creation of the Upper Norwood Library Trust, which will manage the Upper Norwood Library, which is now the only independent jointly funded UK library.

Notable practitioners  

Joanna Bussell is a key partner.

Significant clients Impulse Leisure, Oldham Community Leisure, Active Luton, HQ Theatres Trust, The Cultural Partnership.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

 Alan Banes heads up the charities team at HowardKennedyFsi. Clients highlight his "extraordinary commitment, insight and expertise."

"Hard-working" Benjamin James has recently joined McCarthy Denning. He is noted for his wide client base of Roman Catholic charitable organisations.

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