Philanthropy & charitable giving

Increasingly, successful people wish to use their wealth to make the world a better place, in their own lifetime and beyond.

There are many different ways to support a worthwhile cause, each of which can have different legal and financial implications for the donor. Drawing on our experience in the fields of not-for profit and charity law and tax advice, our philanthropy and charitable giving team has extensive experience of finding the most appropriate way of achieving clients' philanthropic aspirations in their differing circumstances.

In some cases, clients will wish to support existing charitable entities; in other circumstances, establishing a new charitable foundation may be the preferred way of furthering individual philanthropic aims. Our team can also help clients considering other ways of making a difference, whether through projects such as venture philanthropy and microfinance, or by adopting a policy of ‘social responsible investment'.

Recent work

  • Advising established foundations including the Batty, Chapman, George Drexler and Garfield Weston and Foundations/Charitable Trusts.
  • Establishing charitable foundations for various high-profile individuals including Peter Harrison and Roger de Haan.
  • Advising the Matisse Foundation. 
  • Working closely with several charities, including the Garfield Weston and the Paul Hamlyn Foundations, on the issues of grant-making and good governance. 
  • Advising the De Haan Charitable Foundation in the establishment of two Academies and an arts and regeneration project.
  • Advising a private foundation on qualifying donated land as a public park.


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