Our charity solicitors work in collaboration with teams across the firm to resolve any difficulties arising throughout or at the end of a charity's life, whether in relation to wills, employment, property or litigation generally. 

We advise on:

  • board and membership disputes
  • employment disputes
  • steps to protect assets
  • contested legacies whereby a charity's entitlement under a will is challenged
  • property disputes including adverse possession and dilapidations claims
  • public law disputes including advising charities on judicial review
  • debt recovery

If there is an issue that you would like advice on, but it is not mentioned on the list, then please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.

Our clients and our work

Examples of our work include:

  • acting for a charity where a London borough sought to close it
  • preventing the BBC airing footage which had the potential to damage a national charity's reputation
  • providing advice and representation at the request of a beneficiary and in relation to threatened criminal charges
  • advising in relation to a dispute over the ownership of a community interest company

For more information please contact:

Andrew Studd  +44 (0)20 8394 6414 / Andrew.Studd@russell-cooke.co.uk

Charity Law Association

The Charity Law Association currently has over 900 members including many of the country's largest charities and leading charity lawyers. Members or their representatives are able to attend quarterly meetings at which charity law and related issues are discussed. All members of the team are members of the Charity Law Association.


Charges are usually based on hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements but we are flexible with regard to charging rates and will discuss with you budgets for work on a particular matter, or, where it is not entirely clear how things will develop, for the initial stages or a particular stage of a matter.  We will always provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

In circumstances where we can more or less either anticipate the work to be done or prescribe the work, we can act on a fixed or capped fee basis.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

It is fundamental to our policy on allocating work that one of the factors we will consider is the likely cost outcome of using particular solicitors for particular pieces of work.  Whilst almost invariably a partner will be able to carry out work more quickly than a less experienced solicitor, a less experienced solicitor under appropriate supervision may be able to produce a more cost effective result.  Partner input is more likely to be appropriate and cost-effective in more complex or more specialised matters.