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UK UK-wide Charities

This section ranks law firms and lawyers who advise third sector clients on all types of contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from sector-specific advice on constitutional and governance issues or public benefit requirements, to more general advice on corporate, property, employment and tax issues.

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Band 1
  1. Bates Wells
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    Bates Wells
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    Bates Wells has a top-rated charities team, providing a comprehensive service for several of the most prominent charities in the country across a broad range of sectors, including health, child protection and animal welfare. Several of the firm's lawyers sit on the boards of different charity-related bodies. The team advises on a full range of regulatory work, including governance, fund-raising and trustee issues, as well as a broad range of commercial issues, including investments, mergers, restructurings and corporate partnerships. The firm also offers standout expertise assisting clients with contentious issues, including inquiries by the Charity Commission.
  2. Farrer & Co LLP
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    Farrer & Co LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    Farrer & Co has a reputation for its capability in charity mergers, restructuring and governance matters. The firm has an impressive client base of household-name charities and philanthropists. Its lawyers have particular expertise advising clients active in child welfare, climate change prevention, health and research, as well as faith-based charities. Farrer & Co is well placed to assist clients facing complex problems relating to regulatory interventions and governance failures, as well as contentious trustee issues.
  3. Stone King LLP
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    Stone King LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Stone King has a prominent practice which acts for all types of charities, including notable work for social care and heritage charities as well as schools and all types of religious organisations. The firm advises on the full range of issues faced by charities, including creation, fundraising, governance, mergers and restructuring. The team acts for charities on contentious legacy and regulatory matters, including trustee, registration and governance disputes. The firm is further noted for its work assisting social enterprises with project structuring and financing matters.
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    Withers LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    Withers advises on a range of leading charities and provides expert counsel to healthcare, education, arts and sports clients. The firm advises on a broad spectrum of issues faced by charities, ranging from constitutional reviews to legacy disputes. The team is also recommended for advice on complex UK-US charitable structures and their tax requirements. It has a strong reputation for providing guidance on charity matters to philanthropic families and individuals.
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Band 2
  1. Russell-Cooke
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    Russell-Cooke
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Russell-Cooke has a strong commercial offering with regard to restructuring, mergers, asset transfers, financing and property law. The firm is particularly adept at advising on governance and registration matters. The team advises prominent charities and social investment clients across several sectors including healthcare and heritage.
  2. Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP
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    Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Womble Bond Dickison has a well-respected practice with excellent geographic coverage provided through offices across the UK. The team advises national and local charities on governance, registration procedures, corporate transactions and commercial activity. It is particularly skilled at assisting education, health and social care and religious organisations. The team also advises grant-giving organisations and trusts.
  3. 2
    Wrigleys Solicitors LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 12 Years Ranked
    Wrigleys Solicitors has an established practice offering high-quality advice on a number of issues impacting charities. The firm regularly assists clients with governance issues and the establishment of charities as well as mergers, restructurings, property transactions and social investments. The team acts for a broad range of charitable institutions, including educational bodies, social housing charities, corporate foundations, health trusts and faith-based charities.
  4. BDB Pitmans LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
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    Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Anthony Collins Solicitors offers a wide range of regulatory and commercial support to charities. Governance, IP, GDPR, real estate and labour law are all areas of activity. The firm advises clients from a range of sectors, including social care and faith-based charities as well as disabilities and mental health charities. Its team members regularly act as interim managers of charities appointed by the Charity Commission.
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    Mills & Reeve LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Mills & Reeve has a comprehensive charity law practice with a strong national presence. The firm possesses notable expertise in the social finance sector and acts for a broad client base of health, education and heritage charities, and arts and cultural centres. The team regularly provides advice on governance, funding agreements and joint ventures and has additional strength in advising on data and IP issues faced by charities. The firm is experienced in matters with cross-border aspects.
  3. Winckworth Sherwood
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    Winckworth Sherwood
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 10 Years Ranked
    Winckworth Sherwood advises a broad range of regional and national charities on registration, structuring and funding. The team regularly assists with cultural, heritage and leisure projects as well as regional development mandates undertaken by trusts and foundations. Its lawyers are adept at advising on the broad range of issues faced by ecclesiastical and educational charities.
  4. Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 3
  5. VWV
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Charles Russell Speechlys
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Charles Russell Speechlys draws on the full spectrum of services offered by the firm to tend to its many prominent third-sector clients, most notably from the military, arts and religious sectors. The team is able to advise clients on an array of issues that impact charities, including fundraising, contractual, real estate and employment matters. The firm is also active on incorporations and registrations as well as assisting with regulatory compliance and governance reviews.
  2. Pothecary Witham Weld
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    Pothecary Witham Weld
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Pothecary Witham Weld has a noteworthy practice known within the charities sector for its representation of faith-based organisations. The team is proficient at assisting with the full range of issues faced by third-sector organisations, including finance, governance, property and tax matters. The firm is also well equipped to handle dealings with the Charity Commission.
  3. Trowers & Hamlins LLP
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    Trowers & Hamlins LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Trowers & Hamlins has a strong focus on housing associations and charities that primarily raise funds through contracts or charging beneficiaries. The team advises on employment, contract and tax issues as well as transactional and structuring mandates. The firm also offers property, regulatory and governance support and regularly carries out internal investigations for charities clients in relation to misconduct and accounting issues.
  4. Counterculture Partnership LLP
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  5. Hempsons
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  6. Taylor Vinters
    Charities
    UK 2023 | Band 4