Maitland is recognised as a leading chambers for charity law. Several of our barristers, from silk downwards, have direct regulatory experience, acting or having acted as counsel to the Charity Commissioners and to the Attorney General in his/her charity role.
More recently, we have been involved at the forefront of developing Charities law, including advising on the impact of the Charities Act 2006 (and participating in the debate as to what form that legislation should take), obtaining registration of innovative charitable objects, resolving issues as to tax liabilities and fundraising, and helping charities seeking schemes to enhance or modernise their workings. We have experience across the breadth of the NGO sector, including medical charities, educational establishments and religious bodies.
In the main this work is, inevitably, advisory work; but Chambers is also experienced, when the need arises, to provide specialist skill in the field of charity litigation of all kinds, members having recently appeared in the first case before the new Charity Tribunal. Our barristers have also appeared in the new Tax Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal arguing charity points.
Recent experience includes advising and acting for The Wellcome Trust, The Independent Schools Council, the Catholic Adoption Agency, Alexandra Palace, The Natural History Museum, The Charity Commission and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Maitland is ranked in Charities in the Chambers UK Guide and The Legal 500.