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Anderson Strathern

Charities

2 ranked lawyersBand 1ScotlandUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Distinguished team noted for its representation of educational and religious bodies, SCIOs and ALEOs on charity regulation, tax law and structuring mandates. Also provides a multidisciplinary commercial offering able to assist with all manner of issues, from retail income generation to real estate projects and merger mandates. Has a strong client base that includes higher education institutions and heritage organisations, as well as nature-related charities. Additionally strong on employment, IP and data protection issues.

Strengths

One client comments: "The team provides particularly good advice and they are hugely supportive, which was really needed this year."

Another client adds: "The advice I have received has always been clear and easy to understand."

An impressed interviewee says: "The team's strengths include excellent subject knowledge, quick responses and a pleasant attitude. They also provide great support for charities by way of seminars and newsletters."

Work highlights

Assisted R S Macdonald Charitable Trust on a range of COVID-19 related matters, including advising on the extent and geographic scope of charitable objects and assisting with contract review.

Notable practitioners

Gillian Harkness has a significant focus on the charities and social enterprise sector. She frequently assists clients with funding and contractual matters, as well as governance reviews.
"She is very easy to deal with and provides clear advice and explanations." "She is very clear in her communications and has a good knowledge of charitable law."

Victoria Simpson is highly regarded for her experience across a range of commercial and corporate issues impacting the third sector. In addition to safeguarding and governance advice, she is well versed in restructuring matters and the setting up of SCIOs.
"Victoria has specialist knowledge and experience concerning charity matters in Scotland, and was approachable and helpful throughout the whole process." "Victoria has an excellent knowledge of charity matters and is very good to work with."

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Charities


Gillian Harkness-McKinlay
Star Associates
Victoria Simpson
Band 3