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  • Charity and Community

Philip is a specialist charities lawyer who helps some of the leading charities and not-for-profit organisations in the country to deliver their work.

Philip moved into charity law in 2011 after training in the City, so he could support clients who set out to make a positive impact; since then, the organisations and individuals he has worked with, as well as the sector more widely, have not disappointed. As a member of Farrer & Co's Charity & Community team, Philip's practice is broad but with a clear focus on complex legal issues involving charities and not-for-profits.

Philip advises on a wide range of charity law and related issues. This includes governance and strategic matters, mergers and restructuring, establishment and registration, trading and organisations' relationships with non-charitable subsidiaries, tax, fundraising and regulatory issues.  He has a particular understanding of the charity clients' legal needs and point of view, gained from his ongoing (part-time) secondment as company secretary and in-house legal adviser to a major international disability charity.


  • Philip has contributed chapters to two books on charity law: 'Charity Governance' (Jordans, 2014) and 'Charity Law – Global Guide' (Thomson Reuters, 2016, also available on Practical Law).

    He is a member of the Charity Law Association.

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