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Turcan Connell

Charities

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What the team is known for

Possesses an outstanding level of experience and expertise with regard to private Acts of Parliament, Royal Charter amendments and tax law issues affecting charities, trusts and endowment funds. Particularly adept at representing heritage and historic buildings charities, conservation societies and educational institutions in charity law mandates. Regularly advises clients on contentious charities issues. Also maintains a leading commercial practice, assisting charities with mergers, reorganisations and real estate issues.

Strengths

An interviewee notes: "Turcan Connell is a firm of excellent lawyers who are prepared to go much further than most in understanding their clients’ needs, leading to much better outcomes for everyone."

According to another commentator, "the team's strengths are its depth of knowledge, willingness to help and friendly, approachable manner."

Work highlights

Advised the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on a series of matters, including charity law and governance issues, as well as a transaction to break a liferent trust in order to provide early access to trust funds for use in northern Scotland.

Notable practitioners

Gavin McEwan is a highly regarded lawyer who frequently represents notable charities on a range of issues, including mergers, asset disposals and constitutional matters. He is also skilled at advising on contentious matters, including proceedings before the Upper Tribunal for Scotland. An impressed client reports: "His support led to a much calmer approach being taken, with positive outcomes for all concerned. He has consistently taken the time to understand our work and the individuals within the charity, which has made all the difference."

Simon Mackintosh enjoys a stellar reputation as a charity law expert due to his longstanding practice advising clients in the sector. His recent work includes assisting with partnerships and mergers as well as governance and constitutional matters.

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Overview

Turcan Connell is the largest charity law firm in Scotland, with an unmatched concentration of expertise in the country: seven partners headed by  Gavin McEwan, Head of Charities since 2016, an accredited specialist in charity law.

Also ranked as Tier 1 for Charities and Not-for-profit by Legal 500.

The team is supported by an in-house body of trust accountants and tax advisers. No other firm in Scotland has a team with the experience or scale to match Turcan Connell.

Key types of work include all aspects of the management and regulation of charities, trusts and endowment funds, governance advice and constitutional reviews, private Acts of Parliament and Royal Charter amendments, with a major focus on philanthropy and assisting philanthropists in structuring their charitable giving.

Areas of recent growth include an increased focus on charity and restricted fund reorganisations to allow charities to use their funds to better and more efficient effect; and advising charities in relation to regulatory inquiries from the Scottish Charity Regulator. In each of the cases where we have supported charities through an OSCR inquiry, the charities have come out with a clean bill of health from the regulator.

Members

McEwan, Gavin (Head of Department)

Duguid, Tom

Garden, Alexander

Littlefield, Peter

Mackintosh, Simon

McIlwraith Cameron, Debbie

Ogilvy, David

Sheldon, Chris

Clients

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Medical Research Scotland

National Galleries of Scotland

National Museums of Scotland

National Trust for Scotland

Royal British Legion Scotland

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust

The Shetland Charitable Trust

Industries

Charities and Not for Profit

Education

Private Clients and Individuals

Charities Department

Turcan Connell

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Department location

Princes Exchange

1 Earl Grey Street

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH3 9EE

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Gavin McEwan
Band 1
Simon Mackintosh
Senior Statespeople