We are privileged to act for more than 70 charities, ranging from smaller charities working in local communities to some of the country’s largest and best-known charities. These clients are engaged in a diverse range of activities including the arts, education, community projects, heritage, animal welfare, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, health care, social care and grant making, amongst others.

Members of our team enjoy ‘trusted adviser’ relationships with senior charity executives and trustees. Our wide understanding of the charity sector, combined with our commercial acumen, enables us to steer you through the maze of law, regulation and best practice, with confidence and assurance. Whatever your organisation’s objectives, we can help you to accomplish them, and to deliver the best outcomes for your beneficiaries. 

We offer charity clients specialist, partner-led support in the following areas:

  • structure, constitution and governance
  • dealing with regulators, including the Charity Commission
  • funding and fundraising
  • employment and HR matters
  • dispute resolution
  • property and assets
  • trading issues, IT, intellectual property and data protection
Charities & not-for-profit team

Please contact one of the lead lawyers in our Charities & not-for-profit team:

Matthew Clayton MA LLM (Cantab)

Margaret Austen MA (Cantab)

Nigel Whittaker BA (Hons)

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"The team is professional, open and creative."