£90bn total assets of voluntary sector in the UK


Operating in the not-for-profit sector has never been more challenging – or more exciting: unprecedented economic, social and environmental conditions in the UK and worldwide; scarce resources; and escalating needs.

All these factors demand innovation and creativity in the development and implementation of real solutions for the delivery of your vision. Whatever stage of its life-cycle your organisation has reached, we can help you to thrive and achieve your goals.

Our team’s experience of working across not only the third sector, but also the commercial and public sector and with major philanthropists and foundations, in the UK and worldwide, provides us with a unique, fresh perspective from which to design new approaches to client service delivery.

Our “full service” approach to advising charities and a broad range of other organisations means that we also work closely with our real estate, commercial, funds, financial services, procurement, insolvency, tax and corporate teams from across the firm.

We also strive to innovate and differentiate in all that we do and to be ahead of relevant sector developments. For example, facilitating cross market collaboration between clients such as real estate developer and charities working with NEETs local to city centre developments, utilising our experience in one sector to enhance our advice to a statutory Regulator in another, supporting and educating both potential investors and charity/social enterprise investees about the burgeoning forms of social finance investment opportunities.

Latest examples of work

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      Advising Tesco on legal compliance in respect of its corporate partnerships, most recently with Cancer Research UK, covering sponsorship of the Race for Life event, the Stand up to Cancer Campaign, the Charity of the Year and Cause Related Marketing agreements.

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      Advised Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, which cares for children with serious illnesses. We advised on charity and tax law issues in the context of ‘rescuing’ a large inheritance intended for the Center.

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      On behalf of our client, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, we prepared a case for and obtained the permission of the Charity Commission for several of its sponsored charitable research institutes to introduce, exceptionally, a power to remunerate trustees.

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      Advised several charitable foundations and high profile social finance providers on their investments (via both equity and debt) into social finance funds and projects, in addition to advising sponsors on their establishment of social impact funds.

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      Advising two public sector entities concerning the establishment of a not-for-profit cost‑sharing vehicle. This will facilitate costs sharing by a range of local charities without the imposition of (largely irrecoverable) VAT.

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      Advising the University of Cambridge on all relevant aspects of the North West Cambridge substantial development project. Our charities team is currently creating a new community charity in order to manage and develop Storey’s Field. We have also advised on the appropriate governance structure for this project.

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      Advising international Oil and Gas client about the creation of a charitable company to facilitate its multi-million US$ investment into the construction and operation of a Children's hospital in the middle-east.

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      Advised Nightingale House, which operated the largest care home for the elderly on a single site in the UK, on its merger with Hammerson House.

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      Advising JCC Ventures Limited, a charitable company, on charity and tax law issues in relation to the development and proposed operation of a state of the art community centre in North London.

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      Advising a local authority in relation to the establishment of a charitable arts and leisure trust and related legal entities designed to optimise the facilities available to the local community whilst making scarce resources go further.

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