Anne-Marie Piper is one of the UK’s foremost experts in charity law. She has built a formidable reputation for her work on complex mergers and regulatory cases, as well as playing a defining role in establishing charity law as a specialist legal discipline. She combines her client practice with the role of Senior Partner at Farrer & Co.
Over a 30-year career, Anne-Marie has advised charities of all types, on legal issues touching every aspect of their activities.
Anne-Marie advises well-known national and international charities, as well as a diverse client base including religious groups and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes. She also works with philanthropists seeking to structure and execute new initiatives.
Anne-Marie is renowned for her expertise in resolving complex issues for large organisations: particularly fundraising; major mergers, re-organisations and group structures; administrations; and in managing tricky regulatory cases. She has advised on some of the UK’s largest ever charity mergers. Her clients value her straight-talking approach, as well as her ability to simplify technical issues, setting them in the context of their broader organisational aims.
She regularly leads teams of specialists from across the firm to deliver client projects, requiring legal expertise in, for example, reputation management, property, employment and intellectual property.
Anne-Marie has played a pivotal role in the development of charity law as a specialist legal discipline. She was key player in the founding of the Charity Law Association, which was the first organisation of its type in the sector and served the Association as both Secretary and Chairman. Today she is the general editor of Charity Global Guide (Thomson Reuters Practical Law) and a contributor to the chapter on England and Wales.
In 2017, Anne-Marie was elected to the position of Senior Partner at Farrer & Co, a role in which she supports the management board and focuses in particular on the wellbeing and development of all those who work within the firm.
"Legally rock-solid – good at balancing with practicalities / realities. Anne-Marie Piper – personable, pragmatic and responsive." (Legal 500 2022)
"Dynamic, while also very direct and no-nonsense." (Chambers UK 2021)
"Anne-Marie Piper provides clear and unambiguous advice and is able to make the important connections necessary to resolve the sometimes complex and difficult issues that arise." (Legal 500 2021)
"Anne-Marie Piper is supported by an able team of knowledgeable practitioners and specialists in complementary disciplines." (Legal 500 2021)
“Anne-Marie Piper is singled out by interviewees for her ‘tremendous energy’ and ‘intuitive grasp of legal issues.’ She specialises in handling complex regulatory matters, fundraising issues and mergers. Clients appreciate her ‘first-class charity and public law knowledge’ as well as her in-depth technical expertise and understanding of the regulator.” [Chambers UK 2018]
“Anne-Marie Piper is particularly strong on the regulatory aspects of mergers, reorganisations and general administration. Sources say: ‘She has an incisive brain, encyclopaedic knowledge and gives clear and concise answers.’” [Chambers UK 2017]
“Anne-Marie Piper is ‘sharp as a knife’ with ‘brilliant knowledge of charitable law’” [Legal 500]