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Individual Profile

Chris Rowse

Russell-Cooke - London

Chris Rowse - Russell-Cooke
  • 8 Bedford Row
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • WC1R 4BX

Profile submitted by Chris Rowse

Practice Areas

Chris specialises in providing complex legal and strategic advice to charities. His clients include several ‘household name’ charities, as well as smaller voluntary bodies. He advises on diverse issues, including governance issues, commercial contracts and other agreements, constitutions (including for charities established by Royal Charter or statute), trading and fundraising, establishing new charities, regulatory matters involving the Charity Commission, joint ventures and other collaborations and mergers. Chris has particular expertise in advising clients working internationally.

Professional Memberships

Charity Law Association


Chris trained and qualified at Withers LLP and worked in their charity and philanthropy team from 2007. In 2014 Chris joined Russell-Cooke and he became a partner in the charity and social business team in 2017.


Chris contributed to the book ‘International Charitable Giving’ (OUP, 2013) and has written and contributed to a number of articles in the sector press.


Chris has a degree in law and history from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Chris is a trustee of the international development charity ACE Africa (UK) and chair of its finance and governance committee. He is also the chair of a ‘friends group’ for an open space in south London.