Gareth is an associate in the charity and social business team. Gareth has been with Russell-Cooke for over 5 years and advises charities and social businesses on a wide range of charity law, commercial and governance matters including:

  • setting up charities
  • mergers and collaborations
  • commercial contracts 
  • fundraising, including commercial participation arrangements, professional fundraising contracts and challenge events
  • charity trading and the use of trading subsidiaries
  • incorporations – trusts or unincorporated associations becoming charitable companies or charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)
  • governance reviews and amending charity constitutions

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

  • "Several of our staff and trustees specifically mentioned how clear and concise and accessible your letter was – excellent example of good clear advice!! Thank you, and thank you Russell Cooke" The International Glaucoma Association
  • "Practical, prompt and knowledgeable. We found Chris and Gareth to be proactive, efficient, very helpful and a pleasure to work with!" The Salvation Army
  • "Chris and Gareth at Russell Cooke were everything you hope for from lawyers; responsive, concise, knowledgeable yet real-worldly and a genuine pleasure to work with. I'd use them again in a shot…" Adam Balon, founder of Innocent Drinks, the Balon Foundation and the KAA Intrepidus Trust
  • "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
  • Advising on mergers and incorporations of all shapes and sizes including the merger between Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care, the UK's two biggest breast cancer charities.
  • Establishing all types of charity from small, local organisations to global outfits with a wide range of charitable activities.
  • Advising on charitable fundraising and associated commercial agreements including for several large national charities and "household names".
  • Guiding numerous amateur sports clubs through changes to their legal status and structure including by converting unincorporated CASCs into charities with trading subsidiaries.
  • Assisting partner Chris Rowse in advising on the sale and donation of Whitehouse Ruskin Collection, the largest collection of Ruskin memorabilia in the world, from two charities to Lancaster University with a loan back of certain items secured to Brantwood, Ruskin's home in the Lake District.
  • 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.
  • Law, University of Oxford
  • LPC, the College of Law, London