'Very experienced and level-headed'
‘Calm and unflappable’ Laura is ‘responsive and completely client focused’
I have a broad practice covering general charity law and governance matters. I have a particular focus on dealing with technical charity law issues and structures.
I am often called on to help charities with more complex structures, such as charities governed by Royal Charter, Act of Parliament or scheme or charities with tricky property-holding structures. I also regularly advise on charitable trusts, restricted funds and endowments, including setting up new endowments and releasing out of date funds.
I co-lead Bates Wells’ Charity Legacies group. We give practical guidance to clients on all aspects of legacies from fundraising and administration through to legacy disputes.
I am also a member of our philanthropy group.
I assisted a medical charity to review its numerous restricted funds and permanent endowment funds which the charity was finding difficult to use because the purposes were out of date and income returns too low. I assisted the charity to modernise and merge these funds as well as to release endowment. Following this exercise, these funds can now be put to good use.
I assisted an art gallery to re-structure by merging with its associated “Friends of” charity. Aspects of the work included helping with the consultation of members as well as modernising the Articles of Association of the gallery. The charity now has much simpler and up to date governance arrangements.
I advised on a major gift of £3 Million to a University in the UK to fund an institute for the study of an ancient religion. The corporate donor had very specific intentions about how it wanted his gift to be used, so work involved negotiating a gift agreement which reflected the needs of both parties and ensured sufficiently flexible use of the funds.