Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Charities Department

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What the team is known for Provides charities with a full-service offering, acting on a wide range of legal issues. Advises clients on the regulatory and governance aspects of charity law. Noteworthy strength in charity financing matters, including grants, loans and fund-raising advisory work. Advises clients from a range of areas, including social care charities and professional associations, as well as heritage and sustainability charities. Also noted for its strength in property, employment and intellectual property matters.

Strengths Sources say: "The firm is engaged with clients, understands what they want and asks the right questions to tease out the real issues."

Work highlights Continued to advise Poppy Scotland on a number of matters, including protecting the intellectual property of the Scottish (four-petal) poppy and dealing with rental agreements with the Ministry of Defence.

Notable practitioners

Lianne Lodge has a broad practice, with experience representing charities, trusts, grant-making institutions and individual philanthropists. Sources say: "She's very thorough, organised and personable. She takes time to understand her clients and their needs well, and is very good at delivering advice in a manner that they understand and can take on board."