Charities - Scotland
Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Edinburgh
What the team is known for Undisputed market leaders in the Scottish charities sector, renowned for its handling of issues including governance and constitutional review, charity formations, mergers and wind-ups. Undertakes a profusion of cross-border work for English and Welsh charities. Firm grasp of regulatory issues due to frequent liaisons with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) and HMRC.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the firms that I come across most in terms of what they're doing for charities clients. A standout firm."
"Client service is second to none. They always exceed our expectations, listen carefully to what we're asking of them and respond quickly and pragmatically."
Work highlights Advised National Trust for Scotland on the amendment of its constitution, a lengthy process, which involved the introduction and passage of a new private Act of the Scottish Parliament, consultations with the Parliament and Scottish Government and assent from HMRC.
Advised on the establishment of The National Galleries of Scotland Foundation.
The "absolutely exceptional" Simon Mackintosh is head of the firm's charities department and continues to be widely regarded as a pre-eminent charity lawyer within the Scottish marketplace. Peers have great respect for this "very wise practitioner," as do clients, who value his "clear and consistent answers."
Senior partner Douglas Connell is a respected figure within the Scottish charities sector and is chiefly recognised for his in-depth knowledge of charity formation and governance. He frequently advises on charity law matters involving illustrious art and heritage clients.
Significant clients Big Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, The MacRobert Trust, Maggie's Centres, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.