Rachel Holmes


Rachel Holmes

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Rachel trained in charity law at Bates Wells & Braithwaite and worked with Anne-Marie Piper as a solicitor in the charity team at Paisner & Co. She joined Farrer & Co in 2001 and transferred to professional support work in 2004.


Rachel is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and has both chaired and contributed to a variety of the Association's working parties. She is a member of the committee that reviews the legal content of the Institute of Fundraising's codes and also sits on the CIC Regulator's panel of technical experts. In 2010, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Rachel provides technical legal support and lectures (both internally and externally) on charity law issues. She has special expertis in social enterprise and the Charities Act 2006.

Rachel is co-author of "The Charities Act 2006: A Practitioner's Guide" and regularly writes for Farrer-branded and sector publications.

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Rachel 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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Rachel supports the Schools Group by providing monthly legal updates and technical legal support to the Group's members. She is also responsible for preparing the termly updates sent to clients.

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