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Farrer & Co LLP

Charities

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What the team is known for

Strong reputation for its capability in charity mergers, restructuring and governance matters. Impressive client base of household-name charities and philanthropists. Demonstrates particular expertise advising clients active in child welfare, climate change prevention, health and research, as well as faith-based charities. Well placed to assist clients facing complex problems relating to regulatory interventions and governance failures, as well as contentious trustee issues.

Strengths

Clients note: "Farrer & Co is a full-service firm with top-quality output and strong client relationship management."

A client explains that the firm "offers a very personal level of support to clients," adding that the lawyers "are also prepared to offer advice quickly in situations where there are time pressures."

Work highlights

Assisted the Japan House London Trust on governance and operational issues, including a restructuring initiative, GDPR compliance and contract review.

Notable practitioners

Anne-Marie Piper possesses an outstanding reputation in the market and advises prominent national charities on a broad variety of matters. Her experience spans mergers, restructurings and governance arrangements as well as commercial issues and regulatory investigations. A client applauds her for being "dynamic, while also very direct and no-nonsense."

Elizabeth Jones assists with matters including charity governance, restructuring and fund-raising, as well as broader commercial and contractual issues. She has particular expertise in advising charities involved in education and research.

James Maloney advises a range of third-sector organisations, including grant-making charities, social investment funds and trusts, among others. His expertise covers governance and policy issues, as well as the establishment of charitable foundations, funds and initiatives. A client enthuses: "He is calm, responsive and smart - we have total confidence in his output."

Julian Smith is a renowned market figure who is well known for his expertise in charity finance and governance matters. He regularly advises religious, educational and cultural charities on mergers, reorganisations and tax structures, as well as regulatory issues. According to sources, he is "massively experienced, very measured and possesses real gravitas when dealing with the Charity Commission."

Sam Macdonald is a highly experienced adviser to a notable list of charities, including prominent education bodies. His practice includes corporate restructuring and charity establishment, while he also advises on governance frameworks, commercial partnerships and grant-making activities. An interviewee emphasises that "he is always a pleasure to deal with, practical and sensible."

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Farrer & Co LLP

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66 Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Greater London

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WC2A 3LH

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Charities


Anne-Marie Piper
Band 1
Elizabeth Jones
Band 4
James Maloney
Up and Coming
Julian Smith
Band 1
Sam Macdonald
Band 1