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.
Chris recently attended our Board meeting and gave a presentation on our legal accountabilities as trustees and responsibilities around governance. He is very clear, pragmatic and practical in his approach and the trustees found the session very informative and helpful.
Chris Priestley has great empathy with clients and relishes solving the problems and challenges faced by the sector.
Chris Priestley is a standout lawyer. He is an expert in the field and is able to put clients at ease with his warmth and enthusiasm for the law and the sector.
Chris provides superb advice, always encompassing the bigger picture as well as incorporating the finer details. Priestley has a wealth of experience of advising charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit bodies on all aspects of their operations and regulation.
Chris Priestley is unflappable in his provision of considered advice and he has a very steady hand on the tiller.
Chris Priestley is a very wise head. He stands out because of his great experience and pragmatic approach.
The lawyers at Withers are charity law experts, with a good understanding of the practical implications of charity law. Chris Priestley is responsive, pleasant to deal with, and gives top-quality, sensible advice. He can see the bigger picture.
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I firmly believe I have one of the best jobs in Withers advising charities, social enterprises and philanthropists
I am a Trustee of two grant-making charities. And in my spare time I sing with a London Chorus (pandemic permitting....).