Russell Cooke Putney London 2

About Chris

I advise charities and other not-for-profit organisations and am fortunate to work in this sector.

Chris advises on all aspects of charity law, including governance, regulatory matters involving the Charity Commission, commercial arrangements, setting up charities fundraising and collaborations.

His clients include well-known national charities, as well as smaller voluntary bodies. Chris also works with individuals and families who wish to donate to charity. He has particular expertise in advising clients working internationally.

Chris provides strategic and practical advice and is empathetic to what his clients are seeking to achieve. He uses his knowledge of charity law and the sector to resolve complex issues. 

Chris Rowse is our main contact – he is always very responsive and a great partner in working towards and identifying robust, pragmatic solutions. He is also invaluable in dealing with Board members.
Legal 500 (2024)


  • Governance reviews and updating constitutional documents for one of the largest charities in the country

  • Successful applications to the Charity Commission for schemes and orders and other regulatory consents

  • Advised a grant-making charity on taking a ‘total return’ approach to investment

  • Advised on the sale of the John Ruskin collection

Chris is a pleasure to work with. He is always responsive and helps us get to practical and clear solutions.
Chambers UK (2024)


  • Member of Charity Law Association

  • Chair of the 'Friends Group' for a community open space in London

Chris was strong across all areas. He understood the brief, he was very responsive and offered a range of solutions.
Chambers UK (2023)

Awards and accreditations

Chris's highlights

Charity seminar: Spring into 2024

For this seminar our panel of charity lawyers and guest speaker James Banks of London Funders will provide insights into current trends, legal and regulatory developments affecting the sector and discuss what lies ahead. 


Charity bulletin—November 2023

Our charity team are dedicate to providing you with the latest news and developments affecting the charity sector.
Chris Rowse, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law and not for profit team. Alison Sadler, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law non profit team.
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Chris Rowse, Alison Sadler

Artificial intelligence for charities: curse or cure?

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