Liz Brownsell


Senior Associate

“Amnesty International has been working with Liz for a number of years. I value her highly practical approach to legal issues, combined with legal advice which is of good quality and, importantly, is always prompt and cost effective. It’s refreshing to work with her because she covers all these areas so well and consistently."

Nick Williams, Senior Legal Counsel, Amnesty International

Experience

Liz is a Senior Associate in our Charities and Social Enterprise Team, and also specialises in Education (in particular academy conversions).

Liz leads on non-contentious work within the firm-wide charities and social enterprise group. Her expertise covers a wide range of matters affecting charities, including setting up and incorporation, mergers, corporate structuring and restructuring, governance (including constitutional and membership issues), commercial arrangements and contracts (including joint ventures and collaborative agreements), trading and charity retail (in particular Gift Aid for charity shops), fundraising, matters involving the Charity Commission (including investigations), releasing permanent endowment and other restricted funds, and general charity law.

Liz has further specific expertise advising on academy conversions, covering every type of conversion, including primary and secondary schools, special needs schools, sponsored conversions, Catholic schools, and Church of England schools. Liz also provides post-conversion support to academy schools on matters such as compliance with DfE and EFA requirements, governance, mergers with other academy trust companies and other commercial issues.

Liz leads the firm’s in-house training offering to our charity clients through Birketts’ Shaping Excellence Programme, and regularly delivers seminars on a variety of topics. Liz also delivers the firm’s rolling programme of Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher Training, which provides charity trustees and senior managers with essential training on the role and responsibilities of charity trustees.

Liz is based in our Ipswich office.

Other Information

Liz is a member of the Charity Law Association and has an active interest in the development of the sector. She has been involved in a number of CLA Working Parties, including Lord Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006 and the Law Commission’s consultation on technical issues in charity law. Most recently, Liz was a member of the CLA Working Party on the new Charity Governance Code.

Liz is also a member of the Education Law Association, the Charity Retail Association and the Institute of Legacy Management.

Liz regularly writes for sector media and has published a number of articles in publications such as Charities Management Magazine.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys crochet, walking her dog and family days out.