Rachel McCastman is an associate in the charity and social business team.

Rachel specialises in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations on commercial, governance and regulatory matters. She aims to provide pragmatic and solution-based advice which enables her clients to focus on their main priority: serving their beneficiaries. She enjoys working with a wide variety of charities and social enterprises, from small grass-roots organisations and start-ups to large international organisations.

Rachel can assist charities and not-for-profit organisations with:

  • setting up new charities (including CIOs), CICs and not-for-profit companies
  • preparing and amending governing documents
  • general meetings, including AGMs
  • organisational restructures (including incorporations and trading subsidiaries)
  • mergers and demergers
  • closures and dissolutions
  • data protection, including privacy notices, policies and health checks
  • protection and exploitation of copyright
  • reviewing and drafting contracts, including grants, IP licences, partnerships, software development, consultancy, goods and services, MOUs, etc.
  • charity governance, trustee training and governance reviews
  • board and organisational policies and procedures
  • engaging with the Charity Commission for regulatory consents
  • dealing with incidents, including reputation management and serious incident reports

Rachel has been advising third sector organisations for a number of years, having previously worked in the Charity and Social Enterprise department of another top charity firm before joining Russell-Cooke.

  • Supporting a large international charity through extensive changes to its Articles of Association and the membership approval process
  • Advising two benevolent funds on becoming independent from their founding organisations and supporting them to set up their structure and governance in line with best practice
  • Supporting high profile charities with internal investigations following serious incidents, including reputation management
  • Advising a CIC on its demerger from a university
  • Setting up a corporate foundation for a household name brand
  • Trustee and Honorary Secretary of ACE Africa (UK)
  • History BA, University College London
  • GDL and LPC, University of Law
  • Trained at Russell-Cooke