Catherine acts for all types of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including medical research charities, almshouses and social care providers, heritage charities, religious organisations, universities and community centres. She regularly deals with issues arising from complex charity structures and legal restrictions.
She advises clients on all aspects of transactional property law, including:
- freehold sales and purchases
- taking a new lease or renewing an existing one
- granting leases and other property-sharing arrangements
- ending a lease early, including assignments and surrenders
- landlord and tenant issues and avoiding/managing disputes
- developing property or selling it for development
- using property as security for mortgage or grant funding
- resolving title issues, including ownership of unregistered land
Catherine also deals with property issues as they arise in the context of charity incorporations, mergers or restructuring.
- Acting for a number of community centre charities in taking freehold asset transfers of their buildings from the local authority.
- Advising a heritage charity taking a lease of an historic fort in conjunction with converting from an unincorporated trust into a CIO.
- Acting for an environmental charity on its acquisition of a site for mixed-use redevelopment, including the development and sale of residential flats by its trading subsidiary.
- Advising a homelessness charity on its acquisition of almshouse property subject to permanent endowment trusts, including obtaining a Charity Commission Scheme to facilitate this.
- Dealing with title issues where charity property is registered in the name of unincorporated trustees and those individuals cannot be found.
- Advising social care and homelessness charities on drafting appropriate occupational agreements for their beneficiaries.
- Dealing with the property-related issues arising from the insolvency of a children's services charity, including the transfer of its leasehold properties to new service providers.
- Advising a charity on the disposal of part of its permanent endowment land pursuant to a compulsory purchase order.
- History, University of Cambridge
- GDL and LPC, Kaplan Law School
- Qualified as a solicitor in 2015