Charity

CHARITY

We have earned a reputation as one of the best charity teams in the country

OVERVIEW

The firm has a substantial, well established background in charity work. We deliver proactive and pragmatic advice to a broad range of international and private charities. We provide comprehensive guidance and assistance for all business activities undertaken by charities on a daily basis. Charities depend on the people who run them – whether as trustees or volunteers, or as paid personnel. Accordingly, we offer a tailor made personal service for our charity clients.

We recognise the wide diversity of matters on which charities and their trustees seek advice.  The closely integrated nature of the firm ensures that the knowledge of the firm’s specialists in other disciplines is available to meet clients’ requirements.

  • Setting up and dissolving a charity
  • Legacies – assisting charities appointed as executors or beneficiaries of wills in addition to legal and tax issues linked to gifts to charities
  • Fundraising, grants and commercial relationships
  • Governance Reviews and compliance
  • Operations, contracts and tax issues (including Gift Aid)
  • Trustee mentoring and resolving trustee disputes
  • Safeguarding – protecting beneficiaries with whom your organisation may come into contact

The firm has strong links with the Charity Commission, the Privy Council and other regulators.

We are also proud to act for numerous clubs, societies, institutions and not-for-profit organisations.

We have earned a reputation as one of the best charity teams in the country, renowned for providing intelligent, proactive and pragmatic advice to hundreds of national and international charities and social enterprises operating in the following sectors:

  • Animal Conservation & Welfare
  • Education
  • Emergency and Rescue services
  • Environmental protection
  • Grant-making
  • Heritage and arts (including the performance arts)
  • Medical & Life Saving support
  • Military
  • Public Sector activities
  • Religious
  • Science and Research
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Welfare and advice

Charity Experts

We identify our clients’ needs and tailor our work to each set of circumstances, providing high quality, cost effective advice. We are a multi-disciplinary practice and work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive service across all of our practice areas.

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Paul Almy

Senior Partner

Paul Almy

Senior Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Dominik Opaliński

Partner

Paul Ridout

Partner

Paul Ridout

Partner

James Vernor-Miles

Partner

James Vernor-Miles

Partner

Wilfrid Vernor-Miles

Partner

Wilfrid Vernor-Miles

Partner

Rebekah French

International Development Consultant

Rebekah French

Other Consultant

Latest Charity Headlines

Oct 19, 2021
Paul Ridout examines what exceptional charity governance look like post-COVID in Charity Times
Sep 16, 2021
Paul Ridout discusses whether social enterprise clients would be better off as charities in Lawyer Monthly
Aug 25, 2021
Paul Ridout discusses corporate charitable structures
Aug 24, 2021
Paul Ridout comments on a recent survey revealing why trustees are more inclined to rely on fellow trustees for help, as opposed to seeking support from the Charity Commission, in Charity Times
Aug 05, 2021
Hunters Law expands its Charity Department, welcoming a new Partner and an International Development Consultant
May 06, 2020
Dominik Opaliński examines why protecting a charity’s assets is now more important than ever
Nov 02, 2018
Hunters featured in CLH News for sponsoring a charity boxing fundraiser
Oct 04, 2018
Dominik Opaliński discusses combatting insider fraud in the Charity Sector in The Times Law Brief
Sep 24, 2018
Dominik Opaliński examines combatting fraud in the charity sector in NatWest ContentLive
Apr 30, 2018
Hunters to participate in London Legal Walk 2018 in support of its Charity of the Year: The Trussell Trust
“A forward-thinking firm producing consistently excellent work in the area of international safeguarding, justice and redress schemes, and consistently seeking to provide clients with the best advice built on technical excellence and an awareness of policy and its direction”

The Legal 500 2021

“Really client-focused, and takes the time to understand clients”

Chambers 2016

The experienced Paul Almy heads a ‘strong team’, which assists clients ‘in a friendly and professional way’. Dominik Opalinski is noted for being ‘very thorough’ with a creative legal mind and provides ‘an excellent service to clients’.

Legal 500 2017

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