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.