We are leading experts in the field with a dedicated charities team.

We recognise the huge importance of the social purpose sector in the economy of the south west, where providing real benefits for the community is more important than generating private profit.

Foot Anstey offers the number one specialist charity law team west of Bristol and, as a full service firm, we are able to provide a complete range of services to charities including areas such as pensions, tax and contentious probate. Working closely alongside those active in the sector, we have a first-hand understanding and empathetic approach to the work undertaken.

We understand the many challenges ahead for charities and have already seen a growth in interest in social enterprise, given the Coalition government’s 'Big Society' agenda and contraction in the public sector, as well as a general need for many charities to become more entrepreneurial in how they raise funds. This has included collaborations, joint working and mergers between charities to either reduce costs and/or provide enhanced services to beneficiaries.


We have expertise in a range of issues that can affect charities, including establishing new organisations, advising on the most appropriate legal structure, dealing with constitutional and governance issues, contentious probate and legacy management, as well as joint working, collaborations and mergers.

We act for a large number of voluntary sector organisations including national charities and some of the region’s largest charities such as Cornwall Care, Dartington Hall Trust and Shelterbox.

Foot Anstey advises charities on mergers, tenders to provide public services, and employment issues. Associate Lucy Gill is ‘very pragmatic and personable’ Legal 500 2015

"When assisting with issues they take a holistic view of the business and are not purely focused on the technical legal issues. I feel confident that they are providing clear and appropriate advice." Chambers 2014

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