"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 what seem to be really difficult problems.
This was one of the most complex charity law matters I have ever had to deal with. It 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. The Charity Commission was very helpful and we got it through. I don’t think such a thing had been done before. It probably won’t be again.
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 established this charity, which brings international human rights law to bear in challenging worldwide the criminalisation of consensual homosexual conduct. We succeeded in the tribunal in overturning the Charity Commission’s refusal to register.
ASDA has a pioneering initiative to use millions of pounds of carrier bag levy money and other funds in a very targeted way to support food banks throughout the UK. I helped them develop this proposal and reach agreement with FareShare and the Trussell Trust for the delivery of the project.