Our Charities and Social Enterprise Team comprises specialists in charity law and regulation.

The team is multi-disciplinary, advising charity clients on matters relating to all aspects of their constitutional, governance and operational needs. Our team's background and experience delivers advice that is not only technically excellent but, above all, practical. Many of our team also advise public bodies, commercial entities and high net worth individuals and, accordingly, are familiar with the contracting, funding, gift and legacy issues that charities commonly encounter.

We have a reputation for making complex issues seem simple, for delivering clear and concise advice, and for our cost-effective service. We also have a reputation for delivering excellent seminars on specialist topics and our core legal advice offering is complemented by our suite of in-house training for charities via our Shaping Excellence programme.

We offer comprehensive advice to all our charity and social enterprise clients including advice on:

Our approach

We are empathetic, understanding our clients’ objects and aims, rationales and restrictions, but are also commercial and practical. We mirror our clients’ needs to focus on outcomes and solutions, while taking into account client budgets, regulations and reputation. We recognise the impetus to “get things done” so that our clients can concentrate on their core purpose and mission.


We produce a variety of newsletters covering changes in legislation, topical news and issues affecting our clients. You can download the latest issue of Essential Trustee, our newsletter for charity trustees and senior management, from our newsletter page. If you would like to automatically receive future issues please register your details.

Charity trustee induction and refresher training

We deliver a rolling programme of virtual training via Zoom for charity trustees. This course provides charity trustees with essential legal training to enable them to comply with law and best practice in fulfilling their duties and furthering the success of the charity. For more information, please visit our training page and to sign up for an upcoming seminar please visit the events section of our website.

Legal 500 UK Top Tier 2020     The National Council for Voluntary Organisations Member 

Key contacts

Liz Brownsell

Senior Associate, Co-Head of Charities and Social Enterprise

+44 (0)1473 406383

+44 (0)7525 735802

Sara Sayer

Senior Associate, Solicitor-Advocate, FRSA
Co-Head of Charities and Social Enterprise

+44 (0)1223 326763

+44 (0)7983 385840

Meet the full team

"Birketts is the first firm of solicitors I have experienced that truly put their clients first. I am constantly urged by my contacts to consider whether or not the charity really needs certain services and when it is deemed appropriate, I am offered the best solution for the task."

Legal 500 [UK 2020]