Gareth is an associate in the charity and social business team. Gareth advises charities and social businesses on a wide range of charity law, commercial and governance matters including:

  • setting up charities
  • amending charity constitutions, including charitable objects
  • mergers and collaborations
  • incorporations – trusts or unincorporated associations becoming charitable companies or charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)
  • charity trading and setting up trading subsidiaries
  • commercial contracts 
  • governance matters and policies, including conflicts of interest
  • trade mark registrations

Prior to joining Russell-Cooke in 2013, Gareth worked as the team leader in a global toxicology company’s contracts department.

What Gareth's clients say

  • "Practical, prompt and knowledgeable. We found Chris and Gareth to be proactive, efficient, very helpful and a pleasure to work with!" The Salvation Army UKI Territory
  • “I have been delighted with all aspects of the service you have given from understanding the brief, quality of advice, clarity of documentation, response times by phone or e-mail and general helpfulness.” Chair of Questors Young Musicians Club
  • “Gareth and Sukanya were very efficient and professional. We could not believe that it took just five days for them to secure registration of the charity with the Charity Commission. We would highly recommend Russell-Cooke.” Founders of Save the Life International
  • Establishing numerous charities, from small, local charities to global organisations. Entering into detailed correspondence with the Charity Commission to secure registration for more challenging registrations
  • Advising several charities on incorporating, including Shakespeare Schools Foundation and the Polish Educational Society
  • Advising on mergers (whether by a transfer of assets or the implementation of a group structure), including Lift People and Crisis, Youthnet UK and Get Connected Helpline, and Deaf Direct and the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre
  • Part of the team advising 4Children on its administration and the transfer of its assets and employees to third parties. Only 3% of services faced closure as a result of the charity being put into administration
  • Following negotiations with the Government Legal Department, successfully restoring a charitable company to the register of companies after it was struck off over five years ago
  • Advising several sports clubs on incorporating and seeking charitable status
  • Law, University of Oxford
  • LPC, the College of Law, London