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Mills Oakley

Charities

2 ranked lawyersBand 2AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Expert, practical group advising charities, NFPs and religious and community organisations on the full range of administrative, transactional, compliance and potentially contentious issues, including defamation and other reputational concerns. Regularly assists charities and not-for-profits on dealings with the ACNC and the ATO. Valued for its high standards of client service and for developing in-depth understanding of its clients' aims and objectives.

Strengths

The practice stands out, in the opinion of clients, for the care it takes to understand their circumstances and requirements. One sums the team up as "NFP specialists who understand our industry and what we do." Another states: "Mills Oakley are proactive in anticipating and meeting our need for both specialist and general advice. They go out of their way to understand our organisational structure and needs, respond to requests immediately and provide expert advice using appropriate and understandable language."

The team is also noted for the supportive relationship it develops with its clients. One interviewee recalls: "They all exuded confidence in their ability to help us in what we were going through." Another reports: "We're very happy with them: they all have a passion for a good cause, they're always super-responsive and they got us the result we wanted."

Work highlights

Acted for Carsia, a commercial fund-raiser involved in the development of an application allowing consumers to make charitable donations simultaneously with telephone or online purchases. The mandate was made challenging by the requirement that the donations should be made tax-deductible, necessitating the creation of a new charity, with a structure compliant with variant regulations in different Australian jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Clients value Luke Geary for what one calls "irreplaceable experience in this sector which is hard to find anywhere else," other market sources saying that he notably "strengthens the bench" at this practice, where he is largely concerned with contentious issues affecting charities and other NFPs. Clients further cite him for "unparalleled responsiveness" and for his close identification with their aims and objectives, one reporting: "He adopted the values of our organisation, demonstrating great empathy and building up a great sense of trust, and walked us through everything. We felt empowered by his advice."

Vera Visevic has operated in this space for over 25 years, commanding respect from market sources as a particularly "focused practitioner." Notably active on establishment, governance and fund-raising matters, her "knowledge and experience of working on NFP mergers" is cited as a signature strength by a client who goes on to say: "She's very effective, telling me what I need to know, what to do and how to do it."

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Charities


Luke Geary
Band 3
Vera Visevic
Band 2