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Herbert Smith Freehills

Charities

1 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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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. The team is also well placed, thanks to its international network, to advise charities headquartered in other jurisdictions on the establishment of Australian operations.

Strengths

A client who was "thrilled to have them acting for us" particularly appreciates the group's ability to handle "a huge, extremely complicated body of work."

The team is also acknowledged as a genuinely "focused charities practice," with key strengths in the areas of corporate and taxation-related issues.

Work highlights

Advised Save the Children Australia on the launch of an innovative social impact investment fund, targeting enterprises working to improve the lives of vulnerable children. The mandate necessitated the creation of a new charitable company to act as trustee and the securing for it of an exemption from the standard requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Alice Macdougall advises across the board on charity-related matters, offering particularly focused expertise on taxation issues impacting on the sphere. Interviewees speak particularly highly of her, with one, who rates her as "the leading solicitor on charities and not-for-profits in Australia," calling her "exceptionally knowledgeable, outcome-focused and solutions-based," while another reports: "She's absolutely an expert, but can package her expertise very promptly in a way that's easy to understand."

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Alice Macdougall
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