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Philanthropy & Charities

Whether you are an operating charity or a private client with philanthropic aims, we have the experience to guide and help you achieve the results you want and to deliver the most value to your cause.

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to philanthropy. Some clients have been philanthropists for all their lives; others may have reached a point where they wonder how their wealth can really make a difference to the world in which they live. This is a thought that often arises following a significant event such as the sale of a business or the receipt of a substantial inheritance. If the needs of their family and their future have been met, they may then turn to their charitable interests.

The reasons for setting up a charity or foundation vary widely, however some clients want to enshrine a culture of philanthropy as a value of their family for the long term; others might just enjoy the feeling of giving back to society; and some may want to control how their wealth is spent after death. While the motivations for giving may be simple, getting it right can be more complex.

Advice for philanthropists and charities can encompass anything from setting up charitable trusts to benefit a number of charities, leaving a legacy to a general, grant-giving favourite charity in a will, including a charity as a beneficial class under a trust or creating a specific charity to fulfil a specific aim.

We also act for numerous charities, ranging from academic institutions to pioneering new medical support facilities. We aim to align our clients’ vision with our expertise and deliver the exact result that they want.

How we help

Creating charities

We regularly advise on establishing and registering grant-making foundations and operating charities.

Tax efficient giving

We advise on all aspects of tax efficient giving including the establishment and running of private family charities

Charity disputes

We advise legacy officers on disputes which may arise over bequests to their organisations and individuals on resolving issues involving charities. We do so cost efficiently and sensitively.

Governance

We ensure that governance is effective and that day to day issues can be resolved practically and quickly.

Corporate giving

We advise our business clients (including family offices) on how best to achieve their charitable and corporate social responsibility aims.

Track Record

  • Advice concerning tax efficient funding of a family charity from a family trust
  • Advising a major property Group in relation to its corporate philanthropy strategy and assisting individual owners to structure and implement their personal philanthropy initiatives

Our Private Wealth Services

 Find a Philanthropy and Charities Lawyer

I have advised some of the country's most successful families and take great pride in having helped them achieve their ambitions, maximising their impact on the causes or communities that matter to them, and society as a whole.

Sue Laing, Partner

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Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Oxford

Oxford Office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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