Amy Carter

Senior associate | London, Cambridge

Amy is a senior associate in the charities team.

She advises charities, philanthropists and businesses on charity law and commercial matters, as well as advising a range of not-for-profit and for-profit educational institutions.

Amy works with all types of charity, including charitable trusts, charitable companies, Royal Charter bodies and unincorporated associations. She advises many of the UK’s most loved charities in relation to grant-making, fundraising (including society lotteries and major gifts), disposals of land and commercial contracts, as well as governance, corporate and trust advice. She also advises charities, including in the education sector, on mergers and restructurings.

Amy advises on engagement with the Charity Commission both at the regulatory engagement stage and the permissions stage. She regularly works alongside our property team to advise on the charity aspects of complex property developments involving charities and their subsidiary companies.

Amy regularly advises on the establishment of new charities – both operational charities and grant-making foundations. She is involved in the structuring of private foundations to take account of donors’ complex tax profiles and works closely with the firm’s leading private client and tax team to provide integrated advice. She advises on major gifts to UK charities, as well as commercial fundraising partnerships benefiting UK charities.

Her advice regularly includes an international element, such as the recognition by HMRC of European charities for UK tax reliefs or the creation of dual qualified US-UK charities. She has recently advised on a large complex cross-border restructuring which saw a significant offshore grant making trust migrate to England and Wales.

Amy is named as a Rising Star for Charities and Not-for-Profit work in Legal 500. Clients describe her as being "superb to work with", "very through" and "very able and helpful".

She is passionate about the charity sector and its role within society. She regularly responds to sector consultations on behalf of the firm or as part of the Charity Law Association; most recently, Amy coordinated the firm’s response to the Charity Commission’s consultation on changes to the Annual Return.

Amy spent 5 months on secondment to the in-house legal team at one of the firm’s clients, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). She advised on a range of issues including fundraising regulation, data protection, gambling law, commercial contracts, licensing and corporate governance.

She is currently a trustee of a leading disability charity which provides a range of support to disabled and disadvantaged people, their families and carers, including care services and accommodation. As well as being a trustee, she is a member of the Governance and Compliance Committee and the Culture and Remuneration Committee. She has previously been a trustee for two charities in the mental health space: one supporting children and families across Luton, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and the other supporting student mental health.


Amy Carter (associate) is superb to work with. Outstanding grasp of complex briefs, including a number that have been challenging and outside of her comfort zone. A real pleasure to work with – reliable, appropriately challenging and a brilliant manner with clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2022

Amy Carter in the Charities and Philanthropy team has helped a charity I work with make changes to its constitution in a calm and comprehensive manner, through paying careful attention to the brief and a careful consideration of the institution’s nature and history.

Legal 500 UK, 2022

Amy Carter is very thorough and has provided thought through and unique solutions to some of the issues we have put to Withers.

Legal 500 UK, 2022

Track record





Advising on the amendment of the Royal Charters and Bye-Laws for a number of the UK’s longstanding charities.

Advising on the establishment of a number of ‘family foundations’ including working with our private client team to provide integrated tax advice.

Advising on the migration of an offshore charitable trust to England and Wales.

England and Wales, 2015

‘Charities and Fundraising’ (CC20), The Charity Law Association working party’s response to the Charity Commission’s consultation on its revised guidance

‘Charities and Litigation’ (CC38), The Charity Law Association working party’s response to the Charity Commission’s consultation on its revised guidance

Charity Law Association

Legacy Labyrinth

Association of Anaethetists of Great Britain – Governance Forum

NCVO, Writing and amending your charity’s governing document (November 2022)



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