Chris Priestley

Partner | London

Chris is a partner in the charities team.

He trained as a corporate lawyer and has a wealth of experience in advising charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit bodies on all aspects of their operations and regulation. He is particularly well known for his work with not-for-profits on their commercial, fundraising and merger projects, whether domestic or international. He also advises businesses and individuals working with charities on their CSR or philanthropic initiatives whether advising on the establishment of a new charity or in relation to joint ventures and collaborations involving charities.

Chris is recognised as a leading expert on governance and fundraising matters for some of the country’s largest charities. He also advises a number of multi-Academy Trusts on their operations and acquisitions.

Track record




Advising Cancer Research UK on international fundraising matters.

Advising SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity on its sponsorship agreement with BT.

Advising on major donations to art galleries and museums including: the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Smithsonian.

England and Wales, 1996

Scotland, 1994

The ICSA Charity Trustees’ Guide

Chapters in the ICSA Charities Handbook

The fundraising chapter of Tolley’s Charities Manual

Charity Law Association

Me in a minute

I now have the best job in the firm advising charities, social enterprises and philanthropists

I spent most of my early career acting on corporate and commercial matters; I now have the best job in the firm advising charities, social enterprises and philanthropists (and those who work with them). The people I work with want to do innovative and creative things and it gives me tremendous satisfaction to be able to help them achieve their goals, which in many cases, involves life-changing support for those in need. No two days are the same and there is always something new and interesting to learn.

I am a Trustee of a multi-Academy Trust charity (Brooke Weston Trust) and a medical research charity (Barrow Foundation UK). And in my spare time I sing with a London Chorus.



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