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James Sinclair Taylor

Russell-Cooke - London

James Sinclair Taylor - Russell-Cooke
  • 2 Putney Hill
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • SW15 6AB

Profile submitted by James Sinclair Taylor

Practice Areas

Partner in the Charity and Social Business Team specialising in advising charities, social enterprises, housing associations, schools and public bodies. Main area of practice is governance strategy, charity formation, company law, solvency, collaborative working, employment law, trading VAT and contracts with funders. He is currently involved in facilitating as well as delivering a number of mergers. He advises a broad range of charities including Chain of Hope, Arthritis care international bodies such as UNICEF and Plan, learned societies, and campaigning bodies including CAPG and CPRE. Much of his work is with organisations providing social care accommodation and treatment, including Choice Support, Certitude, MCCH and Hestia. He has particular experience advising membership bodies including YHA, Ramblers and CTC and a range of international membership bodies including Consumers International and Hostelling International. Involved in training for charities with A.C.E.V.O., Directory for Social Change, Charity Finance Directors Group, universities and others. He both advises grant makers such as Barrow Cadbury and Tudor Trust and is a Chair of a grant maker and Chair of Reside Housing Association and Trustee of Islington Play Association, a development trust, the international aid charity ShelterBox . He has been appointed Protector of NESTA.

Professional Memberships

Charity Law Association.


Qualified in 1975. Founded Sinclair Taylor & Martin in 1981.


Author of the 'Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook' and the 'Company Handbook and Registers for Voluntary Organizations' in addition to numerous articles.


Trustee of ShelterBox, Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust and the Ajahma Charitable Trust.