As a charity, you must comply with an independent body of law, which affects nearly every transaction you undertake. To protect your charity and its trustees, it’s important you receive legal advice from lawyers who understand how your charitable status differs from other organisations, and who offer in-depth knowledge of the laws to which you must adhere.

Key Contacts

Ben Jones

Partner 01225 340 168


If you are considering selling land or property , you need to comply with the Charities Act 2011. This involves obtaining and implemented marketing advice, considering all offers you receive and accepting the best offer available.
Our Commercial Property team acts for several large, land-owning charities and can provide you with comprehensive, bespoke advice. Having worked with property-owning charities of all sizes, we advise on property management issues ranging from acquisitions and sales, assignments, lease terminations and renewals, through to possession actions, rent and dilapidations disputes, or boundary, right of way, and nuisance actions.

At all times, you can be confident this guidance incorporates the appropriate aspects of charity law. Our partners are trustees for a number renowned property-owning charities, which enables us to understand first-hand your concerns, obligations and objectives. When called for, we also collaborate with our Charities team to ensure you benefit from complete legal advice tailored to meet your needs.

Our Commercial Property Team has been involved in a number of high-profile matters. Highlights include:

  • acting for St John’s Foundation in relation to their more than £70m investment retail property portfolio, including lease renewal, dilapidations, rent arrears, assignment, sub-letting, easements, and other issues
  • advising an educational establishment on their ability to remain in occupation following their landlord’s Notice to Quit
  • acting for a Bath-based charity for more than 15 years, advising on their commercial and residential property investment portfolio including, most recently, issues of noise nuisance, unauthorised alterations, rent review and boundary issues
  • acting for Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association in relation to their South-West property portfolio, including a range of landlord and tenant issues
    acting for Cotswold Water Park Society (which comprises 40 square miles and 147 lakes), providing legal advice on a variety of property issues

Our expertise in this area encompasses:


  • assignments
  • commercial and residential acquisitions and disposals
  • lease terminations and renewals
  • possession actions
  • rent reviews


  • landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidations, breaches of covenants and rent and service charge arrears
  • nuisance, trespass boundary, restrictive covenants and easements disputes