Chris Priestley

Partner | London

Client services contact Claire Stent


Chris leads the firm's Charities & Philanthropy team.

He is recognised as a leading expert on governance, projects, safeguarding and fundraising for charities and advises some of the country's largest and best known charities. This work includes advising on: international fundraising; grant-making and funding; board development; preparing policies & procedures; handling regulatory engagement; structuring collaborations between charities and their commercial partners; negotiating major gifts; mergers; group structures and trading subsidiaries; establishing new charities and delivering training programmes for charity staff and trustees.

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Me in a minute

I firmly believe I have one of the best jobs in Withers advising charities, social enterprises and philanthropists

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.