Julian Smith


Julian Smith

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  • Chambers UK, 2016
  • Legal 500, 2015


Farrer & Co trainee (1992-4), assistant (1994-2000), partner (2000+)


Peterhouse, Cambridge (1987-90)


Executive Committee, Charity Law Association; European Association for Philanthropy and Giving

The depth and breadth of his knowledge of charity law is very impressive.

Chambers UK

Julian has specialised in advising charities since 1994, and acts for a wide range of foundations and functional charities, including organisations established by statute or by Royal charter. He has particular expertise in the areas of governance, tax, investment, re-organisation and merger.

Julian co-authored "The Charities Act 2006, a Practical Guide" and contributes to the  current edition of Tudor on "Charities”. He is the current Chair of the Charity law Association, and lectures on charity law at the Cass Business School. He is also a trustee of six charities.

Who we help

Julian advises sponsors of new charities, directors, trustees and officers of existing charities and other not-for-profit bodies, as well as individuals and companies wishing to make charitable gifts or do business with charities.

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Julian heads the firm's Higher Education Group, acting for both Universities and Oxbridge colleges, with particular expertise in matters of charity and trust law, tax and compliance.

Julian recently hosted a Dinner for Vice-Chancellors to discuss with Lord Browne fee-charging in the sector, and spoke at the last AULP conference in Bradford on exempt status for charities and the impact of charity law on research and development spin-out.

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Julian specialises in advising Museums and Galleries on charity, tax and governance issues, acting for most of the national Museums in these matters as well as some prominent independent museums. He is a regular speaker at the annual conference of the Association of Independent Museums, and wrote recently (with Edward Manisty) on deaccessioning for "Art, Antiquity and the Law".

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