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Maitland is recognised as a leading set for charity law. Several of our barristers, from silk downwards, have direct regulatory experience, acting or having acted as counsel to the Charity Commission and to the Attorney General as the protector of charity. Our barristers have also offered specialist advice to the Charity Law Association and acted for charity regulators in other jurisdictions.

More recently, we have been involved at the forefront of developing charity law, including appearing in all of the leading cases on the impact of the Charities Act 2006 (having participated in the debate as to what form that legislation should take), obtaining registration of innovative charitable objects, resolving issues as to tax liabilities and fundraising, and helping charities seeking schemes to enhance or modernise their workings. We have experience across the breadth of the NGO sector, including medical charities, educational establishments and religious bodies.

Our charity law work has traditionally been advisory but Chambers is increasingly involved in the field of charity litigation as members frequently appearing in the First-tier Tribunal (Charity), the Tax Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal arguing charity points and in the High Court.

Recent experience includes advising and acting for The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, The Independent Schools Council, numerous poverty relief charities potentially affected by the Charities Act 2006 (including Henry Smith’s Charity) Catholic Adoption Agencies, The Wellcome Trust, Alexandra Palace, The Natural History Museum, The Charity Commission and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Maitland is ranked in Charities in the Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500.

Testimonials
"particularly strong on contentious charity disputes"

Chambers UK (Charities) 2017

"A popular choice for charity disputes"

Chambers UK (Charities) 2016

"a team of ‘very bright and dedicated’ barristers"

Legal 500 (Charities) 2015

"The members provide terrific value for money."

Chambers UK (Charities) 2015

"Maitland Chambers is one of the leading charity law sets in the market"

Chambers UK (Charities) 2014

"The members here have both a deep knowledge of charity law and the benefit of an eminent reputation. They have the ability to give robust advice and yet be diplomatic when necessary."

Chambers UK (Charities) 2014