A trusted advisor

We recognise that, more than ever right now, charities need to boost money coming in and keep a close eye on the amounts going out.

A partnership with a law firm should help you do more for less, give you cost certainty, and upskill and enable your own teams to do more of what you currently use external advisers for.

Our services

Our specialist team can help advise on the following:

We have significant experience of working at both national and international level, dealing with the Charity Commission and the other regulators within the sector and advising trustees on how best to work with the various bodies, to satisfy their requirements and minimise the potential for reputational damage.

We advise corporate charities on a full range of company law, governance and operational matters, including: policies, procedures and committee structures; trustees’ duties, terms of appointment and delegation powers; the relationship between the board and the executive team; governance audits and reviews; charity mergers, reorganisation and restructuring; and applications to the regulators for schemes and other consents.

Our practice is nationally renowned and respected. We pride ourselves on giving straight-talking advice with a mantra of ‘maximising property’ (increasing return or minimising costs).

We have specialists who can manage portfolios, complex property transactions and structural reorganisations, advise on the full range of disputes and issues arising in relation to short and long residential leases, commercial landlord and tenant, third party rights and rural land. Our approach is centred around three pillars: Operational and strategic property; Retail & Investment; and Legacy Property.

Our employment and immigration team provide the full spectrum of strategic and operational advice to our clients in the charity and the not-for-profit sector, offering a single team who can support you with regular employment advice as well as full support on more complex employment matters including projects such as business transformation, pay and grading, board level issues, employment provisions in commercial contracts, employment aspects of transactions including all aspects of TUPE, as well as Tribunal support (including advocacy).

Our ‘refreshingly human’ employment contracts and handbooks are tailored to fit with the language used by your business in a way that is user friendly and easy to understand

Our commercial offerings for charities include drafting licensing arrangements to maximise revenue generating opportunities whilst protecting your brand and reputation and agreeing new contractual documentation with a tech solutions provider to deliver a more efficient and secure database tool for marketing and fundraising initiatives. We also provide additional overflow support for day-to-day matters and work alongside in-house legal teams on more strategic, complex projects that underpin organisational goals and objectives.

Alongside the strategic support we also advise our charity clients through a bespoke outsourced inhouse legal service. Our GC services solution allows our charity clients to outsource low value, low risk matters to us for a fixed monthly cost. We pick up your business as usual and ad-hoc queries so that your in-house team can focus on the higher value, more strategic projects which support the overall growth. In essence, our role is to advise on all legal queries which a reasonably competent in-house counsel would. We operate this model with a number of our charity clients, including Save the Children, Dogs Trust and Cancer Research UK.

We have a dedicated Legacies team which supports our national charity clients on all aspects of legacy income. We act for each of the top 10 legacy earning charities in the UK and have an impressive roster of large national charity clients – with key clients including the National Trust, RSPB, Age UK, RSPCA and The Salvation Army.

We support with the management of their legacy income, including resolving issues and disputes surrounding property and contentious probate, administering estates where the charity is the appointed executor or has decided to take up the role of personal representative and we advise on the related governance issues.

Find out more

Why choose Foot Anstey?

Foot Anstey is deeply rooted in the charity sector. We have charities at the heart of our strategic approach and our Team is widely regarded as a leader in its field. We care passionately about our charity clients, and it shows in our work and how we like to build and develop our relationships with them.

Our approach in everything we do is to focus on income optimisation.  For you this means a service which will:

  • Generate income
  • Get cash in more quickly
  • Save you money
  • Make your regular activities more efficient

What we do is contribute to your success. But how we do this also sets us apart. Innovative, accessible, and enjoyable to work with, you’ll find we will align with your culture and approach.

Recent experience

Save the Children

We advise Save the Children on a range of legal matters including Commercial contract support for their legal team, Legacy management support, and as additional resource for operational/BAU matters.

The Royal Shakespeare Company

We have acted for charity the RSC for over 10 years and provide positive solutions which align with their culture and values.

Battersea Dogs & Cats

Managing a significant portion of their £24million annual legacy income, with a caseload of up to 300 cases where gifts are left to the charity.

Our people

Our charity expertise is far reaching. It goes beyond pure charity law and governance and includes several non-lawyers with in-depth sector experience in income management and generation.

As a team we have valuable experience of working in house with national charities, often sending our lawyers on secondment into legal, fundraising or HR teams to gain insight into what’s important to you and how you like to work.

Meet our team

Key contacts

What do our clients say?

“The matter lawyers know and understand the culture and feel of my organisation. They are committed to ensuring that the work is high quality and they are so passionate about supporting our work which is really refreshing.”

Head of Legacy Administration, National Trust

“We work closely with Lucy and her team, and they feel like a extension of our own team which has enabled fantastic collaboration between us. The team are knowledgeable, efficient and we appreciate that they have worked hard to understand our culture and ways of working to provide a level of service to our supporters that meets our values.”

Head of Legacies, Age UK

“Thank you all so much for all of your hard work, expertise, advice, patience and tenacity over the last 4+ years working on the various aspects of our structural project… you have navigated, held and continually rerouted this really complex project despite the many challenges which have been thrown up.”

Charity Property client

Our affiliations

Institute of Legacy Management

As a corporate partner of the ILM, we deliver training and development to legacy professionals as well as share insights and support the ILM with driving best practice. Our L&D team collaborated with the ILM to design and deliver a sector leading development programme called Leadership Accelerator. Our involvement and association has also allowed the Foot Anstey team to build strong relationships with other organisations (including Berrys (chartered surveyors) and Cluttons/Savills (property agents)).

Charity Law Association

Several members of our team are members of the CLA, which plays a leading role in improving knowledge and awareness of charity law matters. The organisation is committed to sharing knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the sector as a whole. It meets regularly to exchange ideas and information and responds regularly to consultations from Government and the regulators. Members of our team contributed to the recent consultation on the Charity Commission’s draft social media guidance for charities, which has since been published.

Insights & news

Get in touch

Please complete this form so we can help assist you. A member of our team will get back to you shortly.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Stay up to date with our latest insights