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About Gareth

I advise a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organisations. I enjoy getting to know my clients and supporting them to achieve their goals in a way which works for them.

Gareth provides strategic legal advice to charities and other not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of governance and commercial matters, including establishing new charities, incorporations, mergers, commercial contracts, fundraising, trading and regulatory matters involving the Charity Commission.

Gareth enjoys getting to know his clients and understanding how they operate. This allows him to tailor his approach and support each client as effectively as possible. 

Gareth advises a wide range of organisations including large national and international charities, religious charities and sports clubs.

He is named as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 and sits on the board of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute.

Gareth Roy – expert in his field and responds quickly to support our organisation.
The Legal 500 (2024)


Gareth's experience includes:

  • establishing a wide range of charities over many years, including where the Charity Commission has previously rejected an application relating to the same charity 
  • advising on mergers in the charity sector over many years, including the merger of Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care, the UK's two biggest cancer charities, and the merger of United Purpose and Gorta, the largest merger in the sector by value in 2021/2022
  • advising on charity and not-for-profit incorporations, including in complex situations involving the coming together of multiple organisations
  • supporting sports clubs (including rugby, cricket, golf, hockey, tennis and multi-sports clubs) to change their legal status and structure – whether community amateur sports clubs, charities or clubs without any special tax status
  • reviewing and advising on fundraising arrangements, including professional fundraising agreements, commercial participation agreements and lottery arrangements
  • advising charities on interactions with the Charity Commission, including serious incident reporting and compliance visits
So professional and so approachable at the same time! The level and quality of support we have received has been beyond my expectations.
Trustee • I Choose Freedom Charity (2022)


Gareth studied:

  • law at the University of Oxford

  • LPC at the College of Law, London

5 stars all round and a sincere thank you for your excellent advice and guidance.
Dr S Herman • Trustee • Leo Baeck College


  • Sits on the board of the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute

Awards and accreditations

Gareth's highlights

Getting your charity governance right in changing times

Gareth Roy speaks at Visionary Annual Conference on future proofing the charity sector



Incorporating a sports club

Gareth Roy, Senior associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law and not for profit team.
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