Chris Priestley


Chris is a partner in the charities team.

Chris is recognised as a leading expert on governance, safeguarding and fundraising matters for some of the country’s largest charities. This work includes advising on relevant policies & procedures; handling regulatory reporting and disclosures and training programmes for charity staff and trustees.

He also advises a number of multi-Academy Trusts on their operations, acquisitions and mergers.


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.

Legal 500, 2021

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.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Chris Priestley is a very wise head. He stands out because of his great experience and pragmatic approach.

Legal 500 UK, 2020

Chris Priestley is unflappable in his provision of considered advice and he has a very steady hand on the tiller.

Chambers and Partners UK, 2021

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.

Legal 500, 2021

Chris Priestley has great empathy with clients and relishes solving the problems and challenges faced by the sector.

Legal 500, 2021





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



  • English





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