Herbert Smith Freehills

Charities Department

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What the team is known for Respected, specialist sector and statutory knowledge, backed by and fully connected to an outstanding range of expertise spread throughout the wider, full-service firm. Advises extensively on structuring, tax and governance issues and is further noted for its handling of complex regulatory mandates. A diverse clientele comprises both established and start-up charities, with a particularly strong offering for philanthropic foundations and trusts and for charities operating in the educational, healthcare and religious spheres.

Strengths A client is highly impressed with the level of service provided, saying: "They are extraordinary and I love them to death. The moment I contact them they get back to me, they are proactive, when they think we're missing things they're willing to come to us and suggest that it's something we should look at, and we never feel that we're asking silly questions, we can always ask whatever we want."

Another client comments: "They're excellent, they can articulate and translate the legal framework and make it easy for us to understand. It's amazing and high-quality legal support."

Notable practitioners

Alice Macdougall is renowned as a leader in the charities law space, frequently acting for charities and not-for-profits on a full range of issues. A client comments: "She has a particular strength in translating complex charities law into layman's terms, she can explain the ins and outs to anyone and she has the ability to communicate with any member of our staff." Another client adds: "She has the best technical knowledge of the not-for-profit sector in the country and her commitment and passion supporting the sector is just great."