Robert is a charity lawyer guiding trustees on governance and regulatory issues, supporting charities in their work and at all stages of their journey: establishing new charities, incorporating existing organisations, advising on collaboration or merger issues and, where necessary, on dissolution.

He advises on the engagement of charities with non-charities e.g trading subsidiaries, corporate partners, sponsors and commissioning bodies.

Recent experience includes:

  • advising a national conservation charity on constitutional issues;
  • undertaking governance reviews for the boards of trustees of a long-established cultural institution and of a charity working to turn around the lives of ex-offenders and  the formerly homeless;
  • creating corporate foundations for businesses looking to increase their charitable engagement; and
  • registering a new charity to support victims of terrorism.

Robert joined Shoosmiths in July 2020, having previously worked at Brabners LLP, Freeths LLP and the Government Legal Service.

He is a member of the Charity Law Association, of The Chartered Institute of Fundraising and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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