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Helping you to help others

What is involved?

Running a charity is about changing lives, not just making money; we want you to focus on your positive actions rather than on having to negotiate legal obstacles and struggle with compliance. We understand that these are difficult times for charities – especially if you’re being challenged to become self-sustainable. Getting the right legal advice will help you to survive and thrive, whatever your cause.

A charity or other social enterprise has to be realistic and commercially aware to succeed. You require cost-effective and demonstrable added value from your professional advisers. Whether you’re looking for advice on how GDPR will affect your fundraising efforts, or assistance in negotiating a major agreement with a new commercial partner, we can help you to help others.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We act for over 200 charities and not-for-profit organisations with a diverse range of needs
  • Our Charity team is recommended by the Legal 500 (an independent guide to the legal profession), so you can trust our knowledge and expertise
  • We offer a straightforward, informal approach to achieving the results you want
  • Our team includes trustees, school governors and fundraisers who understand the issues you face
  • We’re fully committed to the charity sector and will work closely with your team to meet your charity’s objectives

Freeths can offer you commercially-minded legal services, focused on managing risk and helping you to get the most impact from your limited resources. Whether you’re protecting the environment or providing care for the most vulnerable people in your community – we’re passionate about providing you with succinct, practical support.

Our experience includes acting for a wide variety of enterprises, from national high profile names to local grassroots organisations, all of which share the goal of making a difference. From setting up a fledgling charity to advising on your governance and the regulatory framework in which you operate, we offer high quality advice, delivered in a friendly and responsive way.

Legal 500, 2020 Leading Firm Freeths LLP

Meet the team

Charities Lawyers

Patrick Adie, Senior Associate

Patrick Adie

0845 050 3273

Paul Brown

Paul Brown
Senior Associate

0186 578 1020

Laura Czapski

Laura Czapski
Senior Associate

0186 578 1168

Mark Emery, Partner

Mark Emery

0186 578 1079

Sarah Foster

Sarah Foster
Managing Partner

0186 578 1055

Peter Gavin - Managing Partner

Peter Gavin
Managing Partner

0845 077 9610

Sally Goodger

Sally Goodger
Senior Associate

0186 578 1061

Drew Mangham-Dewhurst, Solicitor

Drew Mangham-Dewhurst

0845 050 3664

Lisa Mark-Bell

Lisa Mark-Bell

0186 578 1154

Sarah Norton

Sarah Norton
Senior Associate

0845 050 3600

Stephen Pearson

Stephen Pearson

0845 274 6900

Lesley Pollock, Director

Lesley Pollock

0845 128 6968

Kevin Poulter, Partner

Kevin Poulter

0845 404 4133

Fiona Powell

Fiona Powell
Senior Associate

0845 272 5719

Anna Power, Senior Associate

Anna Power
Senior Associate

0186 578 1148

Nigel Roots, Partner

Nigel Roots

0845 128 6962

Rosalyn Shephard, Associate

Rosalyn Shephard

01865 781 023

Penny Simpson, Partner

Penny Simpson

0845 017 1133

Adrian White, Director

Adrian White

0186 578 1151

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"I just wanted to say another big thank you for all of your support. These things are never easy and straightforward but your help always makes them much more manageable for us and is greatly appreciated."

(Major Charity Client)

"We have been impressed by Oliver’s excellent work in helping us with our EU GDPR project; Oliver’s sound and practical advice has been invaluable. His expertise in such a specialist area is very impressive, and he has gone above and beyond expectations to meet our needs."

(Valentine Steadman, Corporate and Legal Services Manager, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)

"The 'very impressive' Mark Emery advises on all employment law and HR matters for clients ranging from businesses and charities to individuals."

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)

"I thought the Pensions team at Freeths dealt with everything very professionally and in good time throughout. I really enjoyed working with the team."

(HR Director of a large military charity)

"Noted for its ‘personal and accountable’ approach and for its ‘attention to detail and efficiency’."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

"Freeths LLP is 'a very personable firm that does not baffle clients with legal terms and always has their interests in mind'. The charities team is praised for its 'strong breadth of experience'."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

Notable Work
  • Acted for a charity in its defence to public procurement challenge proceedings brought by a disappointed bidder for Olympic legacy contracts. This was one of the first cases to impose the automatic suspension in the Public Contracts (Amendments) Regulations 2009. This was resolved on terms favourable to the charity.
  • Acted for a charity in relation to the substantial acquisition of a multi-let multi-use commercial property in London. This was by way of grant of an intermediate head lease, subject to the various occupational leases to form part of its endowment funding its operations. The transaction was to a tight timescale.
  • Advised one of the largest UK conservation charities on its approach to habitat restoration of large areas of redundant land, using waste materials taken from other large infrastructure projects disposing of these materials.
  • Advised a charity with a substantial property portfolio on all aspects of its asset management industry investment purchases and sales of development schemes.
  • Advising charities in relation to complex tax issues. This includes calculating inheritance tax liabilities where there is an interaction of the grossing up and abatement rules, advising on Re Benham grossing requirements, negotiations with HM Revenue and Customs, and advising on the mitigation of capital gains tax.
  • Advising on and implementing the appointment of a joint general manager for two charities where the manager was employed by one charity and seconded for part of the working week to the second charity.
  • Settling favourably, on behalf of various national charities, two separate sensitive and complex spousal Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claims.
  • Liaising on a weekly basis with the Charity Commission in the creation of new corporate entities, in managing requests for various approvals and in the resolution of various regulatory issues.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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