"A leading figure in the third-sector legal market" - recognised as an Eminent Practitioner.
Philip has an outstanding knowledge and understanding of charity law, combined with a totally pragmatic approach which cuts through the waffle and gets to the heart of the issues.
Has a track record of significant mandates, advising high-profile clients on issues ranging from commercial partnerships and restructurings to inquiries by the Charity Commission.
Best Lawyer - Charities
Philip Kirkpatrick goes to the heart of the matter. He is a pleasure to deal with. He avoids inessentials, and is as close as you can get to the ideal charity legal adviser
Extremely capable, incisive, calm and excellent with clients
Very astute and hugely experienced
Recognised as a Leading Individual
The 'well-regarded' Philip Kirkpatrick
Recognised as a Best Lawyer for Charities Law
"Highly regarded for the strength of his advisory practice"
Philip "gives clear advice; he looks to provide practical solutions as well as identifying the key considerations"
Philip is 'great with clients'
"Very industrious" and is an "imaginative and resourceful thinker"
“Recognised as a Best Lawyer”
He "has a deep understanding of the sector"
Philip is ‘practical and commercially minded'
Exceptionally bright and able in this field.
"He brings great imagination and is approachable and clear in his advice, he really understands what clients want."
I help clients with their difficult commercial and governance issues, always recognising that these are human as well as legal matters. I particularly enjoy the challenge of structuring new ventures and finding the best ways to implement my clients’ great ideas. And I like to find the paths around and through apparent blockages. My clients are non-profit organisations of all kinds as well as individuals and commercial companies engaging in philanthropy.
I advised the majority of the former Kids Company trustees in their successful defence of the Official Receiver’s disqualification proceedings and in relation to the Charity Commission inquiry
I advised Jamie Cooper on her successful appeal to the Supreme Court, securing a grant of $360M for her charity and clarifying the law on fiduciary duties of charitable company members
This charity brings international human rights law to bear around the world in challenging the criminalisation of consensual homosexual conduct. We succeeded in the First Tier Tribunal in overturning the Charity Commission’s refusal to register.
I advise ASDA on its prominent charity partnerships and campaigns.
This complex transaction involved converting a bank, which was also a charity, into a non-charity so that it could comply with new regulations on bank capital. All this without having charitable trusts imposed on the capital.
I recently advised on the structuring of this company’s international philanthropy, the establishment of a corporate foundation in the UK and the relationships between the commercial entities and foundations in other jurisdictions.
I supported this international charity (established by a UK Act of Parliament) through a global governance change
It’s an unpleasant business being subject to a statutory inquiry from a regulator. In RNIB’s case, which concerned its specialist care and education provision, this involved not only the Charity Commission but also Ofsted. RNIB is back on sound footing.